Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any species of small burrowing snakes of the family Uropeltidae, native to Ceylon and Southern Asia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any species of small burrowing snakes of the family Uropeltidæ, native of Ceylon and Southern Asia. They have a small mouth which can not be dilated.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A snake of the family Uropeltidæ.

Etymologies

shield +‎ tail (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In hill stations, snakes like the ` Phipson's shieldtail ', a non-venomous variety, lie on the tarred roads for absorbing external heat and are run over.

    The Times of India

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