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snake

 [snāk]
any of many limbless reptiles; numerous species have venomous bites. See also snakebite.
coral snake any of various venomous pit vipers of the genera Micrurus and Micruroides; called also harlequin snake.
harlequin snake coral snake.

snake

(snāk),
An elongated, limbless, scaly reptile of the suborder Ophidia.

snake

(snāk)
n.
Any of numerous scaly, legless, sometimes venomous squamate reptiles of the suborder Serpentes (or Ophidia), having a long, tapering, cylindrical body and flexible jaws.

snake

Trivial name for limbless members of suborder Ophidia, of medical interest, primarily because snakes have poisonous venom containing hemotoxins and/or neurotoxins; venomous North American snakes belong to either the viper family Crotilidae–rattlesnake, copperhead, water moccasin, or to Elapidae, coral snakes, related to cobras and kraits–India, Southeast Asia, and mambas, brown, black, tiger snakes of Australia; others–eg, constrictors encircle prey and asphyxiate; pet snakes are associated with infections: Aeromonas hydrophila, Edwardsiella tarda, E coli, mesocestoidiasis, Morganella morganii, Mycobacterium ulcerans, Ophionyssus natricis infestation, pentastosomiasis, Proteus vulgaris, Providencia spp, Q fever, salmonellosis, sparganosis. See Sea snake Vox populi A derogatory term for a ne'er-do-well–eg, lawyer, ex-spouse, etc.
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In nature, there are many different kinds of snakes as well as numbers of mythical, snakelike animals.
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That snakelike action with a tail kick provided by its soft tail section has proven deadly from California to Alabama.
This more mellow sound suits bass player and lead vocalist Troy Sanders well as his hypnotic snakelike writhing puts the crowd under his spell for the first hour of the gig until he breaks his silence to acknowledge them.
Pairing two snakelike robots with a flying one combines the exploring skills of small, ground-based bots with the swift moves of an aerial machine, researchers reported September 16.
This time the rare, snakelike oarfish washed up Friday afternoon in Oceanside.
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Tom Riddle hit the floor with a mundane finality, [...] the snakelike face vacant and unknowing.
Teenager John shuddered as the grotesque entities thrust out their six snakelike feelers, barring the way.