Pronunciation: (blak'snāk"), [key]
1. Also called black racer. a blackish racer, Coluber constrictor subspecies, of the eastern U.S., that grows to a length of 6 ft. (1.8 m).
2. any of various other snakes of a black or very dark color.
3. a heavy, tapering, flexible whip of braided cowhide or the like. Also,black' snake".
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