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moccasin

[mok-uh-sin, -zuh n] /ˈmɒk ə sɪn, -zən/
noun
1.
a heelless shoe made entirely of soft leather, as deerskin, with the sole brought up and attached to a piece of u -shaped leather on top of the foot, worn originally by the American Indians.
2.
a hard-soled shoe or slipper resembling this, often decorated with beads.
3.
any of several North American snakes of the genus Agkistrodon (Ancistrodon), especially the cottonmouth.
Origin
Virginia Algonquian
1605-1615
1605-15, Americanism; < Virginia Algonquian < Proto-Algonquian *maxkeseni
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Examples from the web for moccasin
  • For footgear the traveller needs two pairs of stout, high hunting shoes, built on the moccasin form with soles.
  • So, the next time you're sitting on a dock and a snake swims by, don't worry--it's not a water moccasin.
  • Many people falsely believe that any snake seen in or near the water is a water moccasin, also known as a cottonmouth.
British Dictionary definitions for moccasin

moccasin

/ˈmɒkəsɪn/
noun
1.
a shoe of soft leather, esp deerskin, worn by North American Indians
2.
any soft shoe resembling this
3.
(NZ) a sheepshearer's footgear, usually made of sacking
4.
short for water moccasin
Word Origin
C17: from Algonquian; compare Narraganset mocussin shoe
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Word Origin and History for moccasin
n.

"North American Indian shoe" (made of deerskin or soft leather), 1610s, from an Algonquian language of Virginia, probably Powhatan makasin "shoe," from Central Atlantic Coast Algonquian *mockasin, similar to Southern New England Algonquian *makkusin, Munsee Delaware mahkusin, Ojibwa makizin. The venomous snake of southern U.S. (1784) is perhaps a different word, but Bright regards them as identical.

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