One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or resembling a snake.‘he had played a game of subtle, colubrine misdirection’
- ‘The true colubrine snakes lack poison glands and poison fangs and include the Russian rat snake (the snake our visitors are allowed to pet) and our native Aesculapian snake and grass snake.’
- ‘This finding suggested that it was recruited into the chemical arsenal of snakes before the split between the elapid and colubrine lineages.’
Early 16th century: from Latin colubrinus, from coluber ‘snake’.
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