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Pine Snake
2007-06-25 06:59:35

Pine Snakes, Pituophis melanoleucus, are a large species of non-venomous snakes in the family Colubridae. They are native to the United States. Pine snake generally refers to the Northern Pine Snake, unless otherwise stated. There are other species such as the Black, Florida, and Louisiana Pine Snake. The Northern Pine Snake has the largest range of the pine snakes. It occurs mainly in the...

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cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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