One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or designating snakes of the colubrid subfamily Psammophinae, which comprises members of the genus Psammophis and related genera, including the Montpellier snake, Malpolon monspessulanus.
A psammophine snake.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Isaac Funk (1839–1912), publisher and reformer. From scientific Latin Psammophis Psammophis + -ine, after scientific Latin Psammophinae, subfamily name.
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