blacksnake

noun

black·​snake ˈblak-ˌsnāk How to pronounce blacksnake (audio)
1
or black snake : any of several snakes that are largely black or very dark in color: such as
2
or blacksnake whip : a long tapering braided whip of rawhide or leather

Word History

First Known Use

1634, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of blacksnake was in 1634

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“Blacksnake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blacksnake. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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blacksnake

noun

black·​snake -ˌsnāk How to pronounce blacksnake (audio)
1
: any of several snakes largely black or dark in color
especially : either of two large harmless snakes of the U.S.
2
: a long braided leather whip

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