American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various nonvenomous North and Central American snakes of the genus Thamnophis, having longitudinal stripes.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The common name in the United States of the grass-snakes or ribbon-snakes of the genus Eutænia, harmless and very pretty species of a greenish or brownish color with long yellow stripes. Two of the most abundant and best known are E. sirtalis and E. saurita; there are many more. See cut under
- n. Any of various nonvenomous snakes of the genus Thamnophis, native to America, with longitudinal stripes.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) one of several harmless American snakes of the genus Eutænia, of several species (esp. E. saurita and E. sirtalis); one of the striped snakes; -- so called from its conspicuous stripes of color.
- n. any of numerous nonvenomous longitudinally-striped viviparous North American and Central American snakes
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