coral snake

noun

Definition of coral snake

1 : any of several venomous chiefly tropical New World elapid snakes (genus Micrurus) brilliantly banded in red, black, and yellow or white that include two (M. fulvius and M. euryxanthus) ranging northward into the southern U.S.
2 : any of several harmless snakes resembling the coral snakes

Examples of coral snake in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Only two entities in the United States currently produce snake antivenoms for human use: Pfizer (to counteract coral snake venom) and Boston Scientific (to counteract pit vipers like rattlesnakes). Myles Karp, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Oct. 2020 But coral snake venom is highly toxic, so avoid them at all costs. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, 29 Sep. 2020 For the first time, scientists have grown miniature, venom-producing glands in the lab using coral snake embryos, according to a news study published in the journal Cell. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Jan. 2020 Opossums also are immune to nearly all types of snake venom with the exception of the coral snake. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, 4 Aug. 2020 That’s the rhyme millions of schoolchildren learned to warn them that the eastern coral snake is best left alone. Steven Hill, Field & Stream, 11 June 2020 The scientists have reproduced the venom gland of the Cape coral snake, seen here in the Olomouc Zoo, Czech Republic, on May 11, 2018. Katie Hunt, CNN, 29 Jan. 2020 The video takes a turn when a wasp began to circle the reptiles before landing on the coral snake. Ricky Pinela, orlandosentinel.com, 18 Oct. 2019 Within seconds, the coral snake began thrashing around in an attempt to get rid of the wasp. Ricky Pinela, orlandosentinel.com, 18 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of coral snake

circa 1772, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Coral snake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coral%20snake. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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coral snake

noun

Kids Definition of coral snake

: a small poisonous tropical American snake brightly ringed with red, black, and yellow or white

coral snake

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\ ˈkȯr-əl-, ˈkär- How to pronounce coral snake (audio) \

Medical Definition of coral snake

: any of several venomous chiefly tropical New World elapid snakes of the genus Micrurus that are brilliantly banded in red, black, and yellow or white and include two (M. fulvius and M. euryxanthus) ranging northward into the southern United States

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