Coluber

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Coluber racers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Coluber (Zoöl) A genus of harmless serpents.☞ Linnæus placed in this genus all serpents, whether venomous or not, whose scales beneath the tail are arranged in pairs; but by modern writers it is greatly restricted.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n coluber A genus of ordinary snakes, formerly coextensive with the family Colubridæ, now limited to the most typical representatives of that family. They have transverse plates on the belly, the plates under the tail forming a double row; a flattened head with nine larger plates; teeth almost equal, and no poison-fangs. The harmless common snake or ringed snake of Europe, Coluber natrix, is an example of the genus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Coluber kol′ub-ėr a genus of non-venomous snakes, of almost world-wide distribution
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., a serpent
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. coluber, a snake.

Usage

In literature:

Coluber spilotus, Lacepede, Ann.
"Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia] [Volume 2 of 2]" by Phillip Parker King
The augurs called him Coluber, the snake, from his meandering and bending current.
"Ten Great Religions" by James Freeman Clarke
Crimson-sided Snake, Coluber porphyraicus, Shaw Zool.
"Journals Of Two Expeditions Of Discovery In North-West And Western Australia, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Grey
Some are harmless, like the colubers; others are venomous, such as the soy tale, the cerastes, the haje viper, and the asp.
"History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 1 (of 12)" by G. Maspero
THE RAT SNAKES OR COLUBERS.
"Pathfinder" by Alan Douglas
A Coluber Natrix inhabited the second.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, No. 383, September 1847" by Various
It was also called Asina, Coluber, Anguis, Sublimatus, etc.
"Astronomical Curiosities" by J. Ellard Gore
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