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[kot-n-mouth] /ˈkɒt nˌmaʊθ/
noun, plural cottonmouths
[kot-n-mouths, -mouth z] /ˈkɒt nˌmaʊθs, -ˌmaʊðz/ (Show IPA)
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 of cottonmouth
1825-35, Americanism; cotton + mouth, so called from the whiteness of its lips and mouth Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for cottonmouth
  • The cottonmouth has a heavy body and large triangular shaped head.
  • The following steps are optional for rattlesnake, copperhead and cottonmouth bites only.
  • The cottonmouth will stand its ground or even approach an intruder.
  • Most of them are harmless, but the venomous cottonmouth is also present.
  • The cottonmouth, another venomous pit viper species found in north america.
British Dictionary definitions for cottonmouth


another name for the water moccasin
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