Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various nonvenomous king snakes of the species Lampropeltis triangulum ranging from the eastern and central United States south to Ecuador, often having red, black, and yellow or white bands. Also called house snake, milk adder.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various snakes, Lampropeltis triangulum, with smooth and shiny scales and typically a pattern of colours that runs red-black-yellow or white-black-red.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a harmless American snake (Ophibolus triangulus, or Ophibolus eximius). It is variously marked with white, gray, and red. Called also milk adder, chicken snake, house snake, etc.
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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A handsome and harmless serpent, Ophibolus eximius, of the family Colubrid├Ž, common in many parts of the United States.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. nonvenomous tan and brown king snake with an arrow-shaped occipital spot; southeastern ones have red stripes like coral snakes

Etymologies

From the claim that it sucks milk from cows.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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