Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various dark-colored, chiefly nonvenomous snakes, such as the black racer or a black-colored rat snake.
  • noun A long, tapering, braided rawhide or leather whip with a snapper on the end.

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  • noun Any of several relatively harmless North American snakes.
  • noun US A long, tapering whip.

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

  • noun large harmless shiny black North American snake
  • noun blackish racer of the eastern United States that grows to six feet

Etymologies

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From black +‎ snake.

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