Meaning of coral snake

cor'al snake"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. any of numerous venomous elapid snakes, found chiefly in the New World tropics, as Micrurus fulviusof the southeastern U.S., often brilliantly marked with bands of red, yellow, and black.
  2. any of several other snakes, as of the genus Calliophis, of Asia, having red markings.
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