joint snake

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joint snake (plural joint snakes)

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  1. A mythical creature of the southern United States, a snake that can reassemble itself when broken or cut into pieces.
    • 1941, Arkansas: a guide to the state
      The farmer, however, knowing the habits of joint snakes, had hidden one of the middle pieces in his pocket.
    • 1988, Harold Sinclair, American Years
      Nat knew, though he had never seen one, that there were such things as joint snakes and hoop snakes.
    • 2007, Gil Adamson, The Outlander
      You take them joint snakes, now. That's not one of God's works. You hit one, he breaks into pieces, layin' on the ground like a broken icicle...

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