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rattlesnake

[rat-l-sneyk] /ˈræt lˌsneɪk/
noun
1.
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 of rattlesnake
1620-1630
1620-30, Americanism; rattle1 + snake
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  • She seemed fascinated, as a woman might have been by the striking power of a rattlesnake.

  • Mr. Cobbington's rattlesnake had got out of his box, and had been killed by one of the boarders.

    Down South Oliver Optic
  • The venom of the rattlesnake so weakened you that you are not yourself.

    Two Boys in Wyoming Edward S. Ellis
  • He had left his last boarding-place because they killed a rattlesnake belonging to him.

    Down South Oliver Optic
  • Suppose now our new recruit had run across a rattlesnake instead of a polecat!

    Endurance Test Alan Douglas
  • Though you love me like you might a rattlesnake, I happen to love you.

    Colorado Jim George Goodchild
British Dictionary definitions for rattlesnake

rattlesnake

/ˈrætəlˌsneɪk/
noun
1.
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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Word Origin and History for rattlesnake
n.

1620s, from rattle + snake (n.).

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