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garter snake, noun phrase

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Also with initial capitals.
Origin:
South African DutchShow more Probably from South African Dutch kouseband, see kouseband.
Any of several species of snake of the Elapidae characterized by cross-band markings; kouseband; nachtslang sense 2 a. Occasionally with defining word designating a particular species, as Sundevall’s garter snake (Elapsoidea sundevallii).
1789 W. Paterson Narr. of Four Journeys 163The Kouse Band, or Garter Snake, is another of the poisonous reptiles.
1988 B. Branch Field Guide to Snakes & other Reptiles of Sn Afr. 90Garter snakes burrow in sandy or humic soils, coming to the surface at night.
Any of several species of snake of the Elapidae characterized by cross-band markings; kouseband; nachtslang2 a. Occasionally with defining word designating a particular species, as Sundevall’s garter snake (Elapsoidea sundevallii).

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