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[kot-n-mouth] /ˈkɒt nˌmaʊθ/
noun, plural cottonmouths
[kot-n-mouths, -mouth z] /ˈkɒt nˌmaʊθs, -ˌmaʊðz/ (Show IPA)
a venomous snake, Agkistrodon (Ancistrodon) piscivorus, of swamps in southeastern U.S., that grows to about 4 feet (1.2 meters).
Also called water moccasin.
Origin of cottonmouth
1825-35, Americanism; cotton + mouth, so called from the whiteness of its lips and mouth Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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another name for the water moccasin
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cotton mouth

noun phrase

Dryness of the mouth caused by a hangover, use of marijuana or drugs, fear, etc (1970+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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