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The snakes, a suborder of the class Reptilia, including the families Colubridae, Crotalidae, Elapidae, Hydrophyidae, and Viperidae.
[G. ophidion, dim. of ophis, a serpent]
- a suborder of the Squamata, comprising the snakes.
- (in some classifications) a separate order of the Reptilia.
the suborder of reptiles which includes the snakes, as distinct from the lizards.