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water moccasin

the cottonmouth.
any of various similar but harmless snakes, as a water snake of the genus Nerodia.
Origin of water moccasin
1815-25, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for water moccasin
  • 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.
  • It goes by the common names of cottonmouth or water moccasin.
  • Sometimes this snake is mistaken for the poisonous water moccasin snake.
British Dictionary definitions for water moccasin

water moccasin

a large dark grey venomous snake, Agkistrodon piscivorus, of swamps in the southern US: family Crotalidae (pit vipers) Also called cottonmouth
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