rattler

[rat-ler]
noun
1.
a rattlesnake.
2.
a person or thing that rattles.
3.
Informal. a fast freight train.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English; see rattle1, -er1

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rattler (ˈrætlə)
 
n
1.  something that rattles
2.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) an informal name for rattlesnake

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Example sentences
Many people are frightened when they see a rattler and call for help right away.
And of course only the rattler has the famous musical rattling tail, and only the rattler is poisonous.
Similar to speckled rattler, but marked with indistinct bands on the full length of its body.
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