mussurana

noun

mus·​su·​ra·​na
ˌmu̇səˈränə
plural -s
: a large harmless colubrid snake (Cloelia cloelia synonym Pseudoboa cloelia) of the West Indies and tropical America which constricts and swallows poisonous snakes

Word History

Etymology

Portuguese muçurana from Tupi, literally, cord

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“Mussurana.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mussurana. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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