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 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, "Snake venom can now be made in a lab and that could save many lives," 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, "Florida woman captures video of a snake getting stung by a wasp while eating another snake," 18 Oct. 2019 Within seconds, the coral snake began thrashing around in an attempt to get rid of the wasp. Ricky Pinela, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida woman captures video of a snake getting stung by a wasp while eating another snake," 18 Oct. 2019 Others boast dozens of vertical stripes, like a coral snake. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "Caecilians," 27 June 2019 The state is home to eastern coral snakes, copperheads, cottonmouths and several different species of rattlesnakes. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "'Famous' North Carolina 'Zombie' Snake Species Likes to Play Dead Before Striking Repeatedly," 11 June 2019 The team also collected the bodies of two snakes that succumbed to centipedes, including a venomous coral snake. National Geographic, "First-ever video shows a tarantula eating an opossum," 28 Feb. 2019 Those are really gnarly snakes, but there are other dangerous snakes in Costa Rica, too, including coral snakes. Jerry Beilinson, Popular Mechanics, "Confessions of a Reality-Show Survival Guide," 9 Oct. 2013 The coral snake lives in parts of the southeastern United States, according to National Geographic. Caitlin Keating, PEOPLE.com, "Alabama Father Paralyzed After Venomous Coral Snake Bite: He 'Thought It Was Just a Kingsnake'," 16 May 2018

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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 30 May. 2020.

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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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