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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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.
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