rattle snake

rattlesnake

[rat-l-sneyk]
noun
any of several New World pit vipers of the genera Crotalus and Sistrurus, having a rattle composed of a series of horny, interlocking elements at the end of the tail.

Origin:
1620–30, Americanism; rattle1 + snake

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rattlesnake (ˈrætəlˌsneɪk)
 
n
any of the venomous New World snakes constituting the genera Crotalus and Sistrurus, such as C. horridus (black or timber rattlesnake): family Crotalidae (pit vipers). They have a series of loose horny segments on the tail that are vibrated to produce a buzzing or whirring sound

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