whip-snake

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n whip-snake any of several small fast-moving snakes with long whiplike tails
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Whip-snake a name given in North America to various species of the genus Masticophis (esp. M. flagelliformis, the coach-whip snake, four to five feet long, slender, and harmless), as also to species of Philodryas, of Passerita, &c
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. whippen; prob. a form of wippen—Old Dut. wippen, to shake, conn. with Old High Ger. wipph, swinging motion (Ger. weifen, to move), and akin to L. vibrāre, to tremble.

Usage

In literature:

He had a whip they called the BLACK SNAKE.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
It belongs to the group called by English Zoologists, Whip Snakes.
"Narrative of a Survey of the Intertropical and Western Coasts of Australia] [Volume 2 of 2]" by Phillip Parker King
In a few minutes they whipped forward, Sneak in advance, and again they were passing through the army of snakes.
"Wild Western Scenes" by John Beauchamp Jones
Sometimes a racer snake would run after us, wrap round us and whip us with its tail.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
The slave was tied to a cedar tree or post and lashed with a snake whip.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
He carried a large whip made of snakes and foxes' tails twisted together, which he cracked constantly.
"Pinocchio" by C. Collodi
She take the whip frum him an' close de door an' give him a snake beatin'.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
Hank's whip snaked out across the backs of the wheelers.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
A general hubbub now ensued; among others I could distinguish the word "black-snake whip," but I had heard enough.
"A Woman who went to Alaska" by May Kellogg Sullivan
The Green Whip Snake or Magnolia Snake is green above, yellow below.
"Pathfinder" by Alan Douglas
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