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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Scytale sit′a-lē in Greek antiquities, a strip of parchment used for secret messages: the name of a coral snake
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. skytalē, a staff.


In literature:

The boa scytale, or spotted boa, is of a greyish colour, marked with round spots, and scarcely inferior in size to the former.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston