Milk-snake definition

Any of various snakes, Lampropeltis triangulum, with smooth and shiny scales and typically a pattern of colours that runs red-black-yellow or white-black-red.
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Any of various subspecies of the king snake Lampropeltis triangulum, ranging from the eastern and central United States south to Ecuador and often having red, black, and yellow or white bands.
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A harmless colubrid snake (Lampropeltis triangulum) with brown or reddish bands bordered by black: it feeds on rodents, reptiles, etc.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
milk-snake
Plural:
milk-snakes

Origin of milk-snake

  • From the folk belief that the snakes (which are commonly seen around the barns where they hunt rodents) suck milk from cows

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition