sea snake


Definition of sea snake

2 : any of numerous venomous aquatic chiefly viviparous elapid snakes of warm seas

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Recent Examples on the Web The best advice for divers: Even if a giant sea snake is hurtling toward you, hold very still. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 28 Aug. 2021 During sea snake mating season, females often encourage males to give chase. Gabrielle Duncan,, 24 Aug. 2021 Shine and Lynch found that out of 158 encounters, 74 included the snake approaching the diver and that these interactions were more common during the olive sea snake’s mating season between May and August. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Aug. 2021 The research team advises divers to remain still and avoid retaliation when approached by a sea snake. Gabrielle Duncan,, 24 Aug. 2021 Back in 1994, Lynch had spent 250 hours scuba diving around the Keppel Islands in the southern Great Barrier Reef to study olive sea snake behavior for his PhD thesis. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Aug. 2021 Unlike a sea snake, which uses its whole sinuous body to swim, this robot uses modular pieces of itself to maneuver. Matt Simon, Wired, 12 May 2021 This highly aggressive species kills more humans than any other sea snake. Myles Karp, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Oct. 2020 Like the other three sea snakes on this list, the Belcher’s sea snake is found from the eastern Indian Ocean through southeast Asia and into northern coastal Australia. Steven Hill, Field & Stream, 11 June 2020

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First Known Use of sea snake

1755, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sea snake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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Medical Definition of sea snake

: any of a family (Hydrophidae) of numerous venomous snakes inhabiting the tropical parts of the Pacific and Indian oceans

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