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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or resembling a snake.
  • adj. Colubrid.

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  • adj. Snake-like, pertaining to snakes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. like or related to snakes of the genus Coluber.
  • adj. Like a snake; cunning; crafty.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to a snake or serpent; ophidian; specifically, of or pertaining to the Colubrina or Colubridæ. Also colubriform.
  • Cunning; crafty.
  • n. A colubrine serpent.


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From Latin colubrinus, from colubra ("snake") + -inus ("-ine").


  • There are also: serpentine, colubrine (if it's a cobra-like snake, can't apply to a constricter, say, or a sidewinder ...), anguine.

    Breakfast in Bed

  • Yet the old instinct which has made the name of Englishman glorious in the past was there, in the audience before him, and there was "immense cheering," relieved by some slight colubrine demonstrations.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 75, January, 1864

  • Most of the colubrine snakes are entirely harmless, and are the common snakes that we meet everywhere.

    I. The Start

  • As yet the doctor has not been able to develop an anti-venom serum which will neutralize the poison of these colubrine snakes.

    I. The Start

  • But the vital difference is that between all these poisons of the pit-vipers and the poisons of the colubrine snakes, such as the cobra and the coral-snake.

    I. The Start

  • It is immune to viper poison but it is not immune to colubrine poison.

    I. The Start

  • The bite of a cobra or other colubrine poisonous snake is more painful in its immediate effects than is the bite of one of the big vipers.

    I. The Start

  • The doctor first put on the table a non-poisonous but very vicious and truculent colubrine snake.

    I. The Start

  • Doctor Brazil informed me that the mussurama, like the king-snake, was not immune to the colubrine poison.

    I. The Start

  • Unlike the vipers, the colubrine poisonous snakes have small fangs, and their poison, though on the whole even more deadly, has entirely different effects, and owes its deadliness to entirely different qualities.

    I. The Start


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  • Snaky, sneaky, cunning.

    May 16, 2008