American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various nonvenomous snakes of the genus Natrix, living in or frequenting freshwater streams and ponds.
- n. Any of various aquatic or semiaquatic snakes.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A snake which frequents the water: variously applied.
- n. Especially.
- n. Any one of the venomous sea-snakes. See Hydrophidæ and sea-serpent, 2, with cuts there or there cited.
- n. The Indian Fordonia unicolor, or any member of the family Homalopsidæ.
- n. A wart-snake; any member of the Acrochordidæ, as species of Acrochordus and Chersydrus. See cut under wart-snake.
- n. The common ringed snake of Europe, Tropidonotus natrix. See cuts under snake and Tropidonotus.
- n. In the United States, one of several harmless aquatic colubrines, as the species of Nerodia (or Tropidonotus) and Regina, as N. sipedon and R. leberis. In the West several species of garter-snakes (Eutænia) are thoroughly aquatic, and would come locally under this name. See water-adder and water-moccasin.
GNU Webster's 1913
- A common North American colubrine snake (Tropidonotus sipedon) which lives chiefly in the water.
- Any species of snakes of the family
Homalopsidæ, all of which are aquatic in their habits.
- n. any of various mostly harmless snakes that live in or near water
“They realized that the Concho water snake system didn’t constitute a population, in the precise biological sense of that word, since a population is a group that interbreeds.”
“Piemur might have avoided both numbweed stench and water snake puncture, but he certainly worked as hard beside Sharra, as he had that one day in Nabol Hold, a day that seemed to belong to another boy entirely, not this one that was alternately soaked and dried to parchment as they harvested the precious fruits of the swamp grass.”
“The slow-water sections were inhospitable, at least partly because those sections harbored a larger species of water snake that preyed upon N. h. paucimaculata.”
“Piemur didn't believe that water snakes could grow that big, but he had to credit her warning when she showed him the fine band of puncture marks on her left arm where a water snake had wound its coils and left the myriad points of its toe-teeth.”
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