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sea snake


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sea snake 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
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sea snake (Zo√∂l) Any one of many species of venomous aquatic snakes of the family Hydrophid√¶, 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.
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In literature:

And it saw the eagle and loud it trumpeted, and shook the snake from it so that it fell like a gleam of gold into the sea.
"Eric Brighteyes" by H. Rider Haggard
His flesh was very fair and white, and on it were figures pricked in blue, figures of men and horses, snakes and sea-beasts.
"The World's Desire" by H. Rider Haggard and Andrew Lang
That is not the gloom of the leaves of the forest, that is the sea swelling like a dark black snake.
"The Gardener" by Rabindranath Tagore
And as regards Paurava himself, Abhimanyu raised him up, like the Garuda raising a snake from the bottom of the sea agitating the waters.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
The 13th we saw a great many sea-snakes.
"A Continuation of a Voyage to New Holland" by William Dampier
The snake went down the current until it arrived at the place where the sea and the river meet.
"The Wild Tribes of Davao District, Mindanao" by Fay-Cooper Cole
Then there is a sullen canal, which flows through the forest from the marshes to the sea; it is alive with frogs and newts and snakes.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
At meridian, we passed some remarkable black and yellow striped sea snakes.
"Voyage of H.M.S. Pandora" by Edward Edwards
There are few snakes on the sea-coast, owing to the moisture; plenty, however, are found in the interior.
"The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido" by Henry Keppel
While sitting down taking our luncheon, we observed a snake crawling along out of the grass, and wriggling his way towards the sea.
"A Voyage round the World" by W.H.G. Kingston
I have known of more than one death through the bite of a sea snake.
"Jack at Sea" by George Manville Fenn
Most of these snakes are found in the lower region near the sea-coast.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Great snakes, here comes a sea!
"All Afloat" by William Wood
In May, 1956, I worked the coastal region from the Rio Coahuayana to La Placita and saw no sea snakes.
"The Amphibians and Reptiles of Michoacán, México" by William E. Duellman
Quick moving fishes flash around her body in the dim blue twilight, and a sea snake is coiled about her legs.
"William Blake" by Irene Langridge
The Ankobra or Snake river traverses auriferous country, and reaches the sea some 20 m. west of Cape Three Points.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 2" by Various
The peculiarity of this snake was that it gave out a strong odour of musk, like the sea serpent in Mr.
"The Animal Story Book" by Various
Sea-snakes abounded in the pools.
"The Cruise of the 'Alerte'" by E. F. Knight
Upon this I inquired what was the matter; and was informed that there was a sea-snake before us.
"Mythical Monsters" by Charles Gould
Good shell for pearl, I know that, for I see sea-snake feed much.
"In Search of El Dorado" by Alexander MacDonald

In poetry:

Brilliant, intolerable lava
Brilliant as a powerful burning-glass
Walking like a royal snake down the mountain to-
wards the sea.
"Peace" by D H Lawrence
The sea, striving in its bed
Like a corpse that awakes,
Slowly heaves up its lustreless head,
Crowned with weeds and snakes,
To strike at the shore bareing fangs as it breaks.
"The Flower Of Flame" by Robert Nichols
The velvet sward, like a smooth, green sea,
Glittered and flashed incessantly,
With dewy diamonds of the dawn,
Through which went springing the spotted fawn;
And the snake lay idly across the path,
That wound amid the vibrating swath.
"The Dead Chase" by Albert Pike

In news:

Sea snakes like moray eels.
Greg Holland of Australia sent this photo of a White-bellied Sea Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) clutching a sea snake.
Deadliest sea snake is actually two separate species.
The Asian sea snake is on the left.
Deadliest sea snake splits in two.
Deadliest sea snake splits in two .
Jellyfish, Sea Snakes and Beetles: The Challenges of Hunting for Sea Mines.
Jellyfish, Sea Snakes and Beetles: The Challenges of Hunting for Sea Mines.
The deadliest sea snakes in the world can be found from the Arabian Peninsula to Australia.