from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various nonvenomous North and Central American snakes of the genus Thamnophis, having longitudinal stripes.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various nonvenomous snakes of the genus Thamnophis, native to America, with longitudinal stripes.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. one of several harmless American snakes of the genus Eutænia, of several species (esp. E. saurita and E. sirtalis); one of the striped snakes; -- so called from its conspicuous stripes of color.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The common name in the United States of the grass-snakes or ribbon-snakes of the genus Eutænia, harmless and very pretty species of a greenish or brownish color with long yellow stripes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of numerous nonvenomous longitudinally-striped viviparous North American and Central American snakes
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Brother Billy Bob had put his earphones back on just in time to turn into what a nearby cameraman later described as "... a thirteen-foot-long garter snake with leprosy."