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

  • n. Any of various nonvenomous constricting New World snakes of the genus Lampropeltis, having a black or brown body with white, yellow, or reddish markings and feeding principally on rodents.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a large, nearly black, harmless snake (Ophiobolus getulus) of the Southern United States; -- so called because it kills and eats other kinds of snakes, including even the rattlesnake.
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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large harmless serpent of the United States, Ophibolus getulus, and some related species, as O. sayi, of the family Colubrid├Ž, spotted with jet-black and white or yellowish-white. It is regarded as an enemy of the rattlesnake, which it attacks and kills by constriction.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of numerous nonvenomous North American constrictors; feed on other snakes and small mammals
  • n. any of numerous nonvenomous North American constrictors; feed on other snakes and small mammals

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