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1. Any of numerous scaly, legless, sometimes venomous squamate reptiles of the suborder Serpentes (or Ophidia), having a long, tapering, cylindrical body and flexible jaws.
2. A treacherous person. Also called snake in the grass.
3. A long, highly flexible metal wire or coil used for cleaning drains. Also called plumber's snake.
v. snaked, snak·ing, snakes
1. To drag or pull lengthwise, especially to drag with a rope or chain.
2. To pull with quick jerks.
3. To move in a sinuous or gliding manner: tried to snake the rope along the ledge.
To move with a sinuous motion: The river snakes through the valley.
[Middle English, from Old English snaca.]
n. pl. Snake or Snakes
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1. an abnormal fear of snakes. Also ophiophobia.
a description of snakes. — ophiographic, adj.
the worship of snakes. — ophiolater, n.
the branch of herpetology that studies snakes. Also called snakeology, snakology. — ophiologist, n. — ophiologic, ophiological, adj.
a form of divination involving snakes.
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