Definitions

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  • noun A long whip used by the driver of a horse-drawn coach.
  • noun Masticophis flagellum, a colubrid snake of North America.

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

  • noun desert shrub of southwestern United States and Mexico having slender naked spiny branches that after the rainy season put forth foliage and clusters of red flowers
  • noun a whipsnake of southern United States and Mexico; tail resembles a braided whip

Etymologies

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Blend of coach and whip

Examples

  • He had been finely striped from nape to knees with something like a coachwhip, the weals crisscrossing neatly like hemstitching.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • Forest snakes include cottonmouth moccasin, copperhead, rough green snake, rat snake, coachwhip, and speckled kingsnake.

    Southeastern Mixed Forest Province (Bailey)

  • We also saw a coachwhip which was not in the trap, but was just on the ground.

    snake charmer

  • We also saw a coachwhip which was not in the trap, but was just on the ground.

    Archive 2008-09-01

  • The coachwhip, a snake listed as endangered in Illinois, is restricted to Ecoregion 72l (Illinois Department of Natural Resources, on-line resource “b”; Illinois Natural History Survey, on-line resource).

    Ecoregions of Illinois (EPA)

  • The lizards' main predator, the coachwhip snake, is a highly efficient hunter, and the lizards need just the right combination of traits to avoid being eaten.

    Archive 2007-06-01

  • The lizards' main predator, the coachwhip snake, is a highly efficient hunter, and the lizards need just the right combination of traits to avoid being eaten.

    Designer Lizards

  • She walked into the woods with the coachwhip, using its long butt as a feeler in the dark.

    Lord of the Isles

  • Nobody spares a rattlesnake, however much they might wish to let an innocent coachwhip or a common gartersnake get away.

    The Strange Cabin on Catamount Island

  • I'd ruther a had uvry coachwhip on Round Hill arter me en full chase than to a bin in that drefful siteation.

    Fisher's River (North Carolina) Scenes and Characters

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