Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A harmless snake, Farancia abacura, found in the southern United States. The colour is bluish-black above, red below.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A harmless snake (Farancia abacura), found in the Southern United States. The color is bluish black above, red below.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The wampum-snake, Farancia abacura. See Farancia.
  • n. The bull-snake or pine-snake of the central United States, Pityophis melanoleucus, a large species marked with black and white.

Etymologies

horn +‎ snake (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • With a frantic effort he spurned it from him; all in the same instant a blaze of lightning discovered the maimed form and black and red markings of a "bastard hornsnake," and with one piercing wail of despair, that was drowned in the shriek of the wind and roar of the thunder, he fell.

    Bonaventure A Prose Pastoral of Acadian Louisiana

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