from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several nonvenomous snakes of the genus Elaphe that eat rats and other rodents. Also called chicken snake.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a large colubrine snake (Ptyas mucosus) very common in India and Ceylon. It enters dwellings, and destroys rats, chickens, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A colubrine serpent of the genus Ptyas, P. mucosus, a native of India, Ceylon, etc., attaining a length of 7 feet, frequently entering houses. Some similar snakes are also called by the same name.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of various nonvenomous rodent-eating snakes of North America and Asia
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There were crows in the limbs above him, three of them, and they were harrying a rat snake they had discovered up in the tree.