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1. Any of various dark-colored, chiefly nonvenomous snakes, such as the black racer or a black-colored rat snake.
2. A long, tapering, braided rawhide or leather whip with a snapper on the end.
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1. (Animals) any of several Old World black venomous elapid snakes, esp Pseudechis porphyriacus (Australian blacksnake)
2. (Animals) any of various dark nonvenomous snakes, such as Coluber constrictor (black racer)
3. US and Canadian a long heavy pliant whip of braided leather or rawhide
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or black′ snake`,

1. a slender, harmless black-skinned racer, Coluber constrictor, of E North America.
2. any of various other black snakes.
3. a heavy, tapering whip of braided cowhide or the like.
[1625–35, Amer.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.blacksnake - large harmless shiny black North American snakeblacksnake - large harmless shiny black North American snake
rat snake - any of various nonvenomous rodent-eating snakes of North America and Asia
Elaphe, genus Elaphe - North American rat snakes
2.blacksnake - blackish racer of the eastern United States that grows to six feetblacksnake - blackish racer of the eastern United States that grows to six feet
racer - slender fast-moving North American snakes
blue racer, Coluber constrictor flaviventris - bluish-green blacksnake found from Ohio to Texas
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As an archaeologist, however, gazing from the air upon the faint outlines of the neolithic hill forts still visible upon the English downs or, similarly, upon the monoliths of Stonehenge, or with equal intensity watching a blacksnake glide slowly down the steps of an abandoned Mexican cathedral, I am aware of something else than the geometric extension of power, whether in a civilization or a man.
"Blacksnake's Path: The True Adventures of William Wells" is admittedly fiction, but author William Heath heavily researched the life of the true William Wells.
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