Definition of Sea snake

1. Noun. Any of numerous venomous aquatic viviparous snakes having a fin-like tail; of warm littoral seas; feed on fish which they immobilize with quick-acting venom.

Generic synonyms: Ophidian, Serpent, Snake
Group relationships: Family Hydrophidae, Hydrophidae

Definition of Sea snake

1. Noun. Any of several snakes, of the family ''Hydrophiidae'', that live in the waters of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. ¹

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Medical Definition of Sea snake

1. Any one of many species of venomous aquatic snakes of the family Hydrophidae, having a flattened tail and living entirely in the sea, especially in the warmer parts of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. They feed upon fishes, and are mostly of moderate size, but some species become eight or ten feet long and four inches broad. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Sea Snake

sea scooters
sea scorpion
sea scorpions
sea scout
sea scurf
sea scurfs
sea scurvy
sea serpent
sea serpents
sea shanties
sea shanty
sea silk
sea slater
sea slug
sea snail
sea snake (current term)
sea snipe
sea spider
sea spiders
sea spray
sea spurry
sea squab
sea squill
sea squirt
sea star
sea stars
sea starwort
sea steps
sea surgeon
sea swallow

Literary usage of Sea snake

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Second Visit to the United States of North America by Charles Lyell (1849)
"sea snake stranded in the Orkneys proved to be a Shark. — Dr. Barclay's Memoir. — Sir Everard Home's Opinion.— Sea Serpent of Hebrides, 1808. ..."

2. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1849)
"Upon this I inquired what was the matter, and was informed that there was a sea-snake before us. I then ordered the man at the helm to keep to the land ..."

3. Reports of the Cambridge Anthropological Expedition to Torres Straits by Alfred Cort Haddon, William Halse Rivers Rivers, Charles Gabriel Seligman, Charles Samuel Myers, William McDougall, Sidney Herbert Ray, Anthony Wilkin (1912)
"Sea-snake you to where tail strikes I to side. FIG. 279. Sea-snake. 11. Ti meta, the nest of the ti (the sun bird, Nectarinia australis, VI. p. 8), Mer. ..."

4. Annals and Magazine of Natural History by William Jardine (1846)
"A new genus of Sea-Snake from Port Essington. By JE GEAY, FRS THE snake here described formed part of the extensive collection brought home by Mr. Jukes, ..."

5. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1818)
"The Sea- Snake, it is said, possesses a very quick scent, and has been observed to fly from the smell of castor. On this account, the Norwegian fishermen, ..."

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