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3 definitions found
 for Garter snake
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Garter \Gar"ter\, n. [OE. gartier, F. jarreti[`e]re, fr. OF.
     garet bend of the knee, F. jarret; akin to Sp. garra claw,
     Prov. garra leg. See Garrote.]
     1. A band used to prevent a stocking from slipping down on
        the leg.
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     2. The distinguishing badge of the highest order of
        knighthood in Great Britain, called the Order of the
        Garter, instituted by Edward III.; also, the Order itself.
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     3. (Her.) Same as Bendlet.
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     Garter fish (Zool.), a fish of the genus Lepidopus,
        having a long, flat body, like the blade of a sword; the
        scabbard fish.
  
     Garter king-at-arms, the chief of the official heralds of
        England, king-at-arms to the Order of the Garter; -- often
        abbreviated to Garter.
  
     Garter snake (Zool.), one of several harmless American
        snakes of the genus Eut[ae]nia, of several species (esp.
        E. saurita and E. sirtalis); one of the striped
        snakes; -- so called from its conspicuous stripes of
        color.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Snake \Snake\, n. [AS. snaca; akin to LG. snake, schnake, Icel.
     sn[=a]kr, sn?kr, Dan. snog, Sw. snok; of uncertain origin.]
     (Zool.)
     Any species of the order Ophidia; an ophidian; a serpent,
     whether harmless or venomous. See Ophidia, and Serpent.
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     Note: Snakes are abundant in all warm countries, and much the
           larger number are harmless to man.
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     Blind snake, Garter snake, Green snake, King snake,
     Milk snake, Rock snake, Water snake, etc. See under
        Blind, Garter, etc.
  
     Fetich snake (Zool.), a large African snake ({Python
        Sebae) used by the natives as a fetich.
  
     Ringed snake (Zool.), a common European columbrine snake
        ({Tropidonotus natrix).
  
     Snake eater. (Zool.)
     (a) The markhoor.
     (b) The secretary bird.
  
     Snake fence, a worm fence (which see). [U.S.]
  
     Snake fly (Zool.), any one of several species of
        neuropterous insects of the genus Rhaphidia; -- so
        called because of their large head and elongated neck and
        prothorax.
  
     Snake gourd (Bot.), a cucurbitaceous plant ({Trichosanthes
        anguina) having the fruit shorter and less snakelike than
        that of the serpent cucumber.
  
     Snake killer. (Zool.)
     (a) The secretary bird.
     (b) The chaparral cock.
  
     Snake moss (Bot.), the common club moss ({Lycopodium
        clavatum). See Lycopodium.
  
     Snake nut (Bot.), the fruit of a sapindaceous tree
        ({Ophiocaryon paradoxum) of Guiana, the embryo of which
        resembles a snake coiled up.
  
     Tree snake (Zool.), any one of numerous species of
        colubrine snakes which habitually live in trees,
        especially those of the genus Dendrophis and allied
        genera.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  garter snake
      n 1: any of numerous nonvenomous longitudinally-striped
           viviparous North American and Central American snakes [syn:
           garter snake, grass snake]

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