From Middle English snake, from Old English snaca ("snake, serpent, reptile"), from Proto-Germanic *snakô (compare German Low German Snake, Snaak, dialectal German Schnake ("adder"), Swedish snok ("grass snake"), Icelandic snákur), derived from *snakaną (compare Old High German snahhan), from Proto-Indo-European *sneg- ("to crawl; a creeping thing"). Cognate with Sanskrit नाग ("snake")). nāga.
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