Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various subspecies of the king snake Lampropeltis triangulum, ranging from the eastern and central United States south to Ecuador and often having red, black, and yellow or white bands.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A handsome and harmless serpent, Ophibolus eximius, of the family Colubridæ, common in many parts of the United States.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any of various snakes, Lampropeltis triangulum, with smooth and shiny scales and typically a pattern of colours that runs red-black-yellow or white-black-red.

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

  • noun nonvenomous tan and brown king snake with an arrow-shaped occipital spot; southeastern ones have red stripes like coral snakes

Etymologies

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

[From the folk belief that the snakes (which are commonly seen around the barns where they hunt rodents) suck milk from cows.]

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