coral snake

noun

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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web As for where rim rock crowned snakes fit into the Keys food chain, Sheehy explained that their primary predator would likely be a coral snake. Bill Kearney, Sun Sentinel, 23 Sep. 2022 The coral snake, which is a rare sighting in Alabama now anyway, typically has narrow yellow bands with red and black on either side. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, 15 Aug. 2022 Martinez’s huipil has three stripes, in red and black, that represent the coral snake, which is a common species in Tuxtepec. Fernanda Pérez Sánchez, Vogue, 8 Aug. 2022 Stiles said a good way to ID a coral snake is through the black snout on the front of the face. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, 1 Aug. 2022 The Arizona coral snake is a small snake that only grows 13 to 21 inches long. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 21 Oct. 2021 Similarly to the Western diamondback, the Arizona coral snake is also suited for various habitat types. Shanti Lerner, The Arizona Republic, 21 Oct. 2021 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1772, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of coral snake was circa 1772

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“Coral snake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coral%20snake. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

coral snake

noun

: any of several poisonous chiefly tropical New World snakes brilliantly banded in red, black, and yellow or white
also : any of several harmless snakes resembling the coral snakes

Medical Definition

: 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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