Definition of hoop snake
1 chiefly South and Midland : a fabled snake of extremely venomous character that rolls itself up with its tail in its mouth to proceed at great speed in the manner of a hoop and destroys both animal and plant life with a sting in the end of its tail
2 : either of two harmless brightly colored burrowing colubrid snakes chiefly of the southeastern U.S.: a : a large snake (Farancia abacura) that is blue black above and largely red below and has a sharp nonvenomous spine at the end of its tail —called also horn snake b : rainbow snake
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