American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several slender, limbless, snakelike lizards of the genus Ophisaurus, having a tail that breaks or snaps off readily and later regenerates.
- From the brittleness of its tail. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“STOPPING again at a natural shrubbery, when turning my eyes to some flowering shrubs, I observed near my feet, the surprising glass snake (anguis fragilis;) they seem as innocent and harmless as worms.”
Travels Through North & South Carolina, Georgia, East & West Florida, the Cherokee Country, the Extensive Territories of the Muscogulges, or Creek Confederacy, and the Country of the Chactaws; Containing An Account of the Soil and Natural Productions of Those Regions, Together with Observations on the Manners of the Indians.
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