Try Our Apps


Gobble up these 8 terms for eating


[mas-uh-saw-guh] /ˌmæs əˈsɔ gə/
a small rattlesnake, Sistrurus catenatus, ranging from the Great Lakes to the Mexican border.
Origin of massasauga
1830-40; irregular after Missisauga River, Ontario, Canada Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for massasauga
Historical Examples
  • One found at another locality had apparently hibernated in company with a massasauga (Sistrurus catenatus).

  • The massasauga is one of the smaller rattlesnakes, averaging about two feet in length.

    Pathfinder Alan Douglas
  • The massasauga is the rattlesnake occasionally found in the swamps from western New York to Nebraska, but it is rare.

    On the Trail Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard
British Dictionary definitions for massasauga


a North American venomous snake, Sistrurus catenatus, that has a horny rattle at the end of the tail: family Crotalidae (pit vipers)
Word Origin
C19: named after the Missisauga River, Ontario, Canada, where it was first found
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Word Value for massasauga

Scrabble Words With Friends