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[boo sh-mas-ter, -mah-ster] /ˈbʊʃˌmæs tər, -ˌmɑ stər/
a pit viper, Lachesis muta, of tropical America, that grows to a length of 12 feet (3.6 meters).
Origin of bushmaster
1820-30; bush1 + master Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "If you ever meet a bushmaster, you'll learn the difference between it and a harmless blacksnake," he observed.

    The Inca Emerald Samuel Scoville
  • Instinctively, Will's hand flashed out and caught the bushmaster by the neck.

    The Inca Emerald Samuel Scoville
  • Almost as much dreaded as the jararaca is the enormous cuanacouchi (Lachésis mutus), or bushmaster, as it is called in Demerara.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • Under my contract with Mr. Donegan, we were to collect a bushmaster before we began the search for emeralds.

    The Inca Emerald Samuel Scoville
  • It was a bushmaster which started the Quest of the Emerald—and only a possible bushmaster at that.

    The Inca Emerald Samuel Scoville
  • As the insatiable, inexorable mass rolled toward him, the bushmaster seemed either to hear or scent its approach.

    The Inca Emerald Samuel Scoville
  • An Indian will smilingly undergo any physical hardship, and he will face any creature in the jungle, except the bushmaster.

    Jungle Peace William Beebe
British Dictionary definitions for bushmaster


a large greyish-brown highly venomous snake, Lachesis muta, inhabiting wooded regions of tropical America: family Crotalidae (pit vipers)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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