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spreadhead snake


a harmless North American snake with upturned nose; may spread its head and neck or play dead when disturbed


animal noun (animals and microorganisms)


spreadhead snakes

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Princeton WordNet

Definition references  (+images)


Hognose | hognose snake

a type of colubrid snake characterized by an upturned snout. They are notorious for playing dead when threatened. The hognose snakes consist of three distantly related genera that are artificially grouped together by the "hognose" common name:... (37 of 1329 words, 3 images)


Britannica Encyclopedia:

hognose snake [reptile, Heterodon genus] | Heterodon platyrhinos [species] | Heterodon [genus]

any of three species of North American nonvenomous snakes belonging to the family Colubridae. They are named for the upturned snout, which is used for ... (25 of 132 words, 1 image)


Collins Dictionary:

hognose snake | puff adder [synonym]

any North American nonvenomous colubrid snake of the genus "Heterodon", having a trowel-shaped snout and inflating the body when alarmed (20 of 262 words, pronunciation)



hognose snake | hog-nosed snake | puff adder | Heterodon [genus]

any of a genus of rather small harmless stout-bodied North American colubrid snakes with keeled scales and an upturned snout that seldom bite but hiss ... (25 of 60 words, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

hognose snake | hog-nosed snake | puff adder [synonym, sense-specific]

a harmless burrowing American snake with an upturned snout. When threatened it inflates itself with air and hisses, and may feign death. | in North ... (24 of 58 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)


Random House Dictionary:

hognose snake

any harmless North American snake of the genus "Heterodon", the several species having an upturned snout and noted for flattening the head or playing ... (24 of 33 words, pronunciation)



hognose snake | hognose snakes [plural]

A colubrid snake, from any of three genera, characterized by an upturned snout and notorious for playing dead when threatened. Heterodon (United States and northern Mexico) | Leioheterodon (Madagascar) | Lystrophis {South America}} (31 of 32 words, 3 definitions)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

hognose snake | puff adder [synonym] | Heterodon [genus]

Any of several thick-bodied, nonvenomous North American snakes of the genus "Heterodon" having an upturned snout. (16 of 21 words)


New World Dictionary:

hognose snake [United States] | hognosed snake | Heterodon [genus]

any of a genus of small, harmless North American colubrid snakes with a flat snout and a thick body (19 of 21 words)


Columbia Encyclopedia:

viper | puff adder | Vipera berus [species]

any of a large number of heavy-bodied, poisonous snakes of the family Viperidae, characterized by erectile, hypodermic fangs. The fangs are folded ... (22 of 208 words)


Cambridge Dictionary:

puff adder

a poisonous African snake which swells to a larger size when it's attacked (13 of 19 words)


Encarta Dictionary:

hognose snake | hognose snakes [plural] | hognosed snake: hognosed snakes [plural] | hognosed snakes [plural] | hognosed snake | Heterodon [genus]

a nonvenomous snake with a thick body and an upturned snout resembling a hog's that is used for burrowing. Native to: North America. Genus Heterodon ... (25 of 61 words, pronunciations)

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