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 (kŏl′ə-brīn′, kŏl′yə-)
1. Of, relating to, or resembling a snake.
2. Colubrid.
3. Of or relating to a colubrid snake of the subfamily Colubrinae, including the king snakes and rat snakes.


(ˈkɒljʊˌbraɪn; -brɪn)
1. (Animals) of or resembling a snake
2. (Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Colubrinae, a subfamily of harmless colubrid snakes
[C16: from Latin colubrīnus, from coluber snake]


(ˈkɒl əˌbraɪn, -brɪn, -yə-)

1. of or resembling a snake; snakelike.
2. belonging or pertaining to the subfamily Colubrinae, of the colubrid snakes.
[1520–30; < Latin colubrīnus; compare colubrid]
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The problems lie in negotiating the snakes and manipulators in the office including Matt, bitch-from-hell Mel (Christina Cole) and Mr Colubrine himself, played by Anthony Head, who rules the office via a web link from his tax haven.
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At least two species of Bufo, a phrynosomatid lizard, Xantusia, and a colubrine snake were recovered from sediments deposited in a basin that held a small lake.
Based upon the work by Holman (1979), the above characteristics identify this fossil specimen as a colubrine.
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Meanwhile, Matt (Kris Marshall) is feeling the pressure from above, as Mr Colubrine (Anthony Head) declares that he can't feel the Fear, an essential tool in selling houses the Colubrine way.