Meaning of kingsnake in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkɪŋsneɪk/


  • A large, smooth-scaled North American constrictor which typically has shiny dark brown or black skin with lighter markings.

    Genus Lampropeltis, family Colubridae: several species, in particular L. getulus. Compare with
    milk snake

    ‘Though I've never seen a snake forty feet up a telephone pole-straight pine, I have seen black kingsnake about half that high on twisted slash, a smaller pine.’
    • ‘At the zoo, the kingsnake started to wrap his body around the zookeeper's arm when he got scared.’
    • ‘The kingsnake may discharge musk from glands at the base of the tail and vibrate its tail when disturbed.’
    • ‘Depending on the size of the meal, the kingsnake may not eat again for several days.’
    • ‘Sometimes the kingsnake will begin consuming the rattlesnake before it is dead.’