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

  • n. Any of several greenish nonvenomous snakes, especially Opheodrys vernalis of eastern North America or Natrix natrix of Europe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A nonvenomous snake, Natrix natrix, native to Europe, with a yellow collar.
  • n. A greenish nonvenomous snake, Opheodrys vernalis, of North America.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The common green snake of the Northern United States. See Green snake, under Green.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as ringed snake (which see, under snake).
  • n. In the United States, the green-snake.

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
  • n. harmless European snake with a bright yellow collar; common in England
  • n. either of two North American chiefly insectivorous snakes that are green in color


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  • Two came with us, and dashed into the hedge to hunt a large grass snake (Pseudopus), excellent eating they said, only you must cut off its head, for it is poisonous (it is not, but can bite sharply); also because you must always cut off a snake's head.

    High Albania


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