American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several snakes, such as the mud snake, said to grasp the tail in the mouth and move with a rolling, hooplike motion.
- n. A mythical creature of the United States and Australia, a snake that grasps its tail in its jaws and thereby rolls after its prey like a wheel.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) a harmless snake of the Southern United States (Abaster erythrogrammus); -- so called from the mistaken notion that it curves itself into a hoop, taking its tail into its mouth, and rolls along with great velocity.
- n. any of various harmless North American snakes that were formerly believed to take tail in mouth and roll along like a hoop
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