king snake

\ ˈkiŋ-ˌsnāk How to pronounce king snake (audio) \
variants: or kingsnake

Definition of king snake

: any of various brightly marked nonvenomous colubrid snakes (genus Lampropeltis) chiefly of North and Central America that have glossy, smooth scales and usually a striped, blotched, or speckled pattern and that typically feed on rodents, birds, frogs, lizards, eggs, and other snakes — see milk snake

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Recent Examples on the Web Only a solid black mask that glittered under the midway lights like the scales on a king snake. Ayana Mathis, New York Times, "On a Summer Night in Selma, an Eerie Carnival Comes to Town," 11 Nov. 2020 But where were the eight cats, eight dogs, four ring-neck doves and the albino king snake that are part of the program at Tri-C that trains students for careers as veterinary technicians going to go? Michael K. Mcintyre, cleveland, "Sheltering-in-place is for the birds, literally," 5 Apr. 2020 Initially thinking the serpent was a harmless king snake, Phillips decided to catch it and give the snake as a gift to his older brother, who has owned snakes in the past, WTOK-News reported. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Alabama man paralyzed, 'fighting for his life' after coral snake bite, family says," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of king snake

1709, in the meaning defined above

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“King snake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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