from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any species of small burrowing snakes of the family Uropeltidae, native to Ceylon and Southern Asia.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any species of small burrowing snakes of the family Uropeltidæ, native of Ceylon and Southern Asia. They have a small mouth which can not be dilated.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A snake of the family Uropeltidæ.
shield + tail (Wiktionary)
In hill stations, snakes like the ` Phipson's shieldtail ', a non-venomous variety, lie on the tarred roads for absorbing external heat and are run over.