from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A genus of venomous snakes found both in America and the Old World. Many species are known. See Coral snake, under coral.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of venomous serpents, giving name to the family Elapidæ, having two nasal plates.
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The terrible and much-feared _elaps lemnicatus_ has the peculiar black bands divided into divisions of three by narrow yellow rings, thus exactly mimicking a harmless snake, the _pliocerus elapoides_, both of which live in Mexico.
The _elaps fulvius_, for example, a deadly venomous snake of Guatemala, has a body trimmed in simple black bands on a coral-red ground, and in the same country and always with him is found a quite harmless snake, which is coloured and banded in the same identical manner.
Among these may be mentioned the deadly-poisonous snakes of the genus _elaps_ of South America.
The only poisonous colubrine snakes in the New World are the ring-snakes, the coral-snakes of the genus elaps, which are found from the extreme southern United States southward to the Argentine.
The only poisonous colubrine snakes in the New World are the ring - snakes, the coral-snakes of the genus elaps, which are found from the extreme southern United States southward to the Argentine.