snakeling

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

snake +‎ -ling

Noun[edit]

snakeling (plural snakelings)

  1. A small or young snake.
    • 1894, Rudyard Kipling, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
      But just as Teddy was stooping, something flinched a little in the dust, and a tiny voice said: "Be careful. I am death!" It was Karait, the dusty brown snakeling that lies for choice on the dusty earth; and his bite is as dangerous as the cobra's. But he is so small that nobody thinks of him, and so he does the more harm to people.

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