Snake. n.s. [ꞅnaca; snake, Dutch.] A serpent of the oviparous kind, distinguished from a viper. The snake's bite is harmless. Snake in poetry is a general term for a viper.
Glo'ster's shew beguiles him;
As the snake, roll'd in a flow'ry bank,
With shining checker'd slough, doth sting a child,
That for the beauty thinks it excellent. Shakes. Hen. VI.
We have scotch'd the snake, not killed it:
She'll close, and be herself; whilst our poor malice
Remains in danger of her former teeth. Shakesp. Macbeth.
The parts must have their outlines in waves, resembling the gliding of a snake upon the ground: they must be smooth and even. Dryden's Dufresnoy.
Nor chalk, nor crumbling stones, the food of snakes
That work in hollow earth their winding tracks. Dryden.