sea snake


Definition of sea snake

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

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Clown fish, parrotfish, groupers and snappers lay eggs and hide from predators in the reef’s nooks and crannies, and their presence draws eels, sea snakes, octopuses and even sharks. Washington Post, "Surprise rescue of Jamaica coral reefs shows nature can heal," 17 Sep. 2019 This mosaic of 3,863 individual reefs is home to nearly 9,000 species of marine life, including more than 1,600 species of fish, six species of sea turtles, 30 species of marine mammals, and 14 species of sea snakes. National Geographic, "6 Amazing Structures Built by Surprising Creatures," 7 May 2018 Many are potentially dangerous, including wolves, grizzly bears, komodo dragons, and reptiles such as sea snakes and cottonmouths. Gregory B. Hladky,, "Lots of Creatures Are Prohibited As Pets In Connecticut," 27 Apr. 2018 Starfish are the color of warm skies at midnight; sea snakes, banded in silver and shimmering black, wriggle towards the soft cyan sea. Nick Remsen, Vogue, "Fiji’s Coral Coast Promises a Glimpse at Local Life—And Unspoiled, Breathtaking Nature," 12 Sep. 2017 At night, the beams of our lights revealed slithering sea snakes, translucent cuttlefish, and striped orange and yellow nudibranchs, slugs that looked like jewels. James Sturz, WSJ, "3 Ways to Dive the Great Barrier Reef, From Affordable to Epic," 4 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of sea snake

1755, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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