cotton-mouth

cottonmouth

[kot-n-mouth]
noun, plural cottonmouths [kot-n-mouths, -mouthz] .
a venomous snake, Agkistrodon (Ancistrodon ) piscivorus, of swamps in southeastern U.S., that grows to about 4 feet (1.2 meters).
Also called water moccasin.


Origin:
1825–35, Americanism; cotton + mouth, so called from the whiteness of its lips and mouth

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cottonmouth (ˈkɒtənˌmaʊθ)
 
n
another name for the water moccasin

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