black racer


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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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Most snakes in North Texas are beneficial to your garden," 8 June 2020 The snake, which was a non-venomous southern black racer snake, revealed itself when the man arrived in Maui. Andrea Wurzburger,, "11 Horrifying Times Animals Made Their Way Onto Airplanes," 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, "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,, "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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First Known Use of black racer

1836, in the meaning defined above

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“Black racer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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