Found 2 items, similar to Hoop snake.
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Definition: hoop snake
n : any of various harmless North American snakes that were
formerly believed to take tail in mouth and roll along
like a hoop
English → English
Definition: Hoop snake
, n. [OE. hope; akin to D. hoep, hoepel.]
1. A pliant strip of wood or metal bent in a circular form,
and united at the ends, for holding together the staves of
casks, tubs, etc.
2. A ring; a circular band; anything resembling a hoop, as
the cylinder (cheese hoop) in which the curd is pressed in
3. A circle, or combination of circles, of thin whalebone,
metal, or other elastic material, used for expanding the
skirts of ladies' dresses; crinoline; -- used chiefly in
Though stiff with hoops, and armed with ribs of
4. A quart pot; -- so called because originally bound with
hoops, like a barrel. Also, a portion of the contents
measured by the distance between the hoops. [Obs.]
5. An old measure of capacity, variously estimated at from
one to four pecks. [Eng.] --Halliwell.
, Chine hoop
, Quarter hoop
, the hoop nearest
the middle of a cask, that nearest the end, and the
intermediate hoop between these two, respectively.
, a wooden hoop dressed flat on both sides.
, a wooden hoop left rounding and undressed
on the outside.
, iron in thin narrow strips, used for making
, the fastening for uniting the ends of wooden
hoops by notching and interlocking them.
, a framework of hoops for expanding the skirts
of a woman's dress; -- called also hoop petticoat
(Zo["o]l.), a harmless snake of the Southern
United States (Abaster erythrogrammus
); -- so called
from the mistaken notion that it curves itself into a
hoop, taking its tail into its mouth, and rolls along with
(Bot.), a small West Indian tree (Melia sempervirens
), of the Mahogany family.