from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as chain-snake.


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  • We used to walk tiptoe before a festival, in case we should speak ill-omened words, or frighten the house-snake, or tell an unlucky dream.

    The Mask of Apollo

  • It was the rats, and from the rattling sound above I judged that the house-snake was pursuing them.

    The Great White Tribe in Filipinia

  • Its special locality was, for the reason just noticed, the marriage-bed and its symbol, the house-snake, kept as a revered inmate and cherished in the feeling that evil happening to it meant misfortune to the master.

    The Religion of Ancient Rome

  • To this day there are numerous traces in popular belief, especially in Germany, of respect for the snake, which seems to be a survival of ancestor worship, such as still exists among the Zulus and other savage tribes; the "house-snake," as it is called, cares for the cows and the children, and its appearance is an omen of death, and the life of a pair of house-snakes is often held to be bound up with that of the master and mistress themselves.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Part 1, Slice 1


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