black racer


: either of two common black colubrid snakes of the U.S.:
: a snake (Coluber constrictor constrictor) chiefly of the eastern U.S.
: a snake (C. constrictor priapus) of the southeastern U.S.

Examples of black racer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some commenters speculated that the snake was a black racer, a common native species in Florida. Claire Barber, Field & Stream, 20 July 2023 For her second look, the reality TV star continued the leather motif, this time in the form of a red, white, and black racer jacket from Scuderia. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 Sep. 2022 The good-guy snakes include but aren’t limited to the eastern hognose snake, Texas brown snake, Texas rat snake, rough green snake, garter snake, milk snake, bullsnake, kingsnake, indigo snake, black racer, water snake, blind snake and coachwhip. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, 8 June 2020 The snake, which was a non-venomous southern black racer snake, revealed itself when the man arrived in Maui. Andrea Wurzburger,, 10 Dec. 2019 The snake is a nonvenomous Southern black racer, a breed known to charge people and bite repeatedly when cornered, according to website Mark Price, charlotteobserver, 19 Apr. 2018 The photo captured the moment a Southern black racer snake slithered across the barrel of sniper Pfc. Leada Gore,, 13 Apr. 2018 The Millers plan to release a documentary titled Silent Thunder, based on Miller’s book, as a continuation of their efforts to inform people about the existence and success of black racers. Jesse A. Sparks, Smithsonian, 7 Feb. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1836, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of black racer was in 1836

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“Black racer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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