glass snake


: any of a genus (Ophisaurus) of limbless snakelike lizards of the southern U.S., Eurasia, and Africa with a fragile tail that readily breaks off from the body often in pieces

Word History

First Known Use

1709, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of glass snake was in 1709

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“Glass snake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2023.

Kids Definition

glass snake

: a limbless lizard of the southern U.S. resembling a snake and having a fragile tail that easily breaks off from the body often in pieces

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