moccasin

[mok-uh-sin, -zuhn]
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:
1605–15, Americanism; < Virginia Algonquian < Proto-Algonquian *maxkeseni

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moccasin (ˈmɒkəsɪn)
 
n
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
 
[C17: from Algonquian; compare Narraganset mocussin shoe]

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moccasin
1612, from an Algonquian language of Virginia, probably Powhatan makasin "shoe" (cognate with Ojibwa makizin, Narragansett mokussin, Micmac m'kusun). The venomous snake of southern U.S. is perhaps a different word.
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Example sentences
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.
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