snake·​bite | \ ˈsnāk-ˌbīt How to pronounce snakebite (audio) \

Definition of snakebite

: the bite of a snake and especially a venomous snake

Examples of snakebite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Out in the wild, knowing how to treat a venomous snakebite or a gangrenous infection can mean the difference between life and death., 21 July 2021 For questions about what to do or where to go to treat a snakebite, people may call the North Texas Poison Center at 800-222-1222. Kelli Smith, Dallas News, 15 July 2021 Americans are nine times more likely to die from being struck by lightning than from a venomous snakebite, according to the University of Florida’s Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. Bayliss Wagner, USA TODAY, 10 June 2021 After Eurydice dies from a snakebite, Orpheus persuades Hades to release her from the underworld. Michael Nichols, The Conversation, 27 May 2021 Orpheus, regarded in Greek mythology as a musician without equal, loses his beloved wife Eurydice to a fatal snakebite. Heather Wishart-smith, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 The structure ensures the tire doesn’t pinch flat, the annoying disruption when the tire presses against the tube hard enough to perforate it, usually leaving two puncture wounds that look like a snakebite. Stephanie Pearson, Wired, 19 Dec. 2020 Nigeria’s snakebite mortality rate has been reported at 60 deaths per 100,000 people—more than five times the mortality rate from automobile accidents in the United States. Myles Karp, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Oct. 2020 Here’s an overdose in one room, and a person stabbed with an ancient sword in another, a snakebite on the second floor of a hotel, a spontaneous combustion, a man in skeleton makeup cackling through a compound fracture. Katie Walsh,, 20 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of snakebite

1839, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jul 2021

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“Snakebite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of snakebite

: the wound you get when a snake bites you


snake·​bite | \ -ˌbīt How to pronounce snakebite (audio) \

Medical Definition of snakebite

: the bite of a snake also : the condition resulting from the bite of a venomous snake and characterized by variable symptoms (as pain and swelling at the puncture site, blurred vision, difficulty in breathing, or internal bleeding)

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