black racer

noun

Definition of black racer 

: either of two common black colubrid snakes of the U.S.:

a : a snake (Coluber constrictor constrictor) chiefly of the eastern U.S.

b : a snake (C. constrictor priapus) of the southeastern U.S.

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The snake is a nonvenomous Southern black racer, a breed known to charge people and bite repeatedly when cornered, according to website Owlcation.com. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "A sniper, a snake and one creepy photo is causing thousands of people to squirm | Charlotte Observer," 19 Apr. 2018 The photo captured the moment a Southern black racer snake slithered across the barrel of sniper Pfc. Leada Gore, AL.com, "A snake, a sniper and an amazing picture," 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, "How One Black Family Drove an Auto Racing Association to the Winner’s Circle," 7 Feb. 2017

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1836, in the meaning defined above

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