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Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
any of various small, harmless, striped colubrid snakes (genus Thamnophis) common in North America
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nounThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Any of various nonvenomous North and Central American snakes of the genus Thamnophis, having longitudinal stripes.