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bushmaster

[boo sh-mas-ter, -mah-ster]
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noun
  1. a pit viper, Lachesis muta, of tropical America, that grows to a length of 12 feet (3.6 meters).

Origin of bushmaster

First recorded in 1820–30; bush1 + master
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  • Instinctively, Will's hand flashed out and caught the bushmaster by the neck.

    The Inca Emerald

    Samuel Scoville

  • An Indian will smilingly undergo any physical hardship, and he will face any creature in the jungle, except the bushmaster.

    Jungle Peace

    William Beebe

  • "If you ever meet a bushmaster, you'll learn the difference between it and a harmless blacksnake," he observed.

    The Inca Emerald

    Samuel Scoville

  • As the insatiable, inexorable mass rolled toward him, the bushmaster seemed either to hear or scent its approach.

    The Inca Emerald

    Samuel Scoville

  • Under my contract with Mr. Donegan, we were to collect a bushmaster before we began the search for emeralds.

    The Inca Emerald

    Samuel Scoville


British Dictionary definitions for bushmaster

bushmaster

noun
  1. a large greyish-brown highly venomous snake, Lachesis muta, inhabiting wooded regions of tropical America: family Crotalidae (pit vipers)
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