from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of numerous, widely distributed, chiefly nonvenomous snakes of the family Colubridae, which includes the king snakes, garter snakes, and water snakes.
- adj. Of, relating to, or belonging to the Colubridae.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any snake in the family Colubridae, completely covered in scales and mostly nonvenomous.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. any member of a large family (Colubridae) of mostly harmless temperate-to-tropical terrestrial or arboreal or aquatic snakes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A snake of the family Colubridæ.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. mostly harmless temperate-to-tropical terrestrial or arboreal or aquatic snakes
From New Latin Colubridae, family name, from Latin coluber, colubr-, snake.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin coluber ("snake"). (Wiktionary)