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massasauga

[mas-uh-saw-guh] /ˌmæs əˈsɔ gə/
noun
1.
a small rattlesnake, Sistrurus catenatus, ranging from the Great Lakes to the Mexican border.
Origin of massasauga
1830-1840
First recorded in 1830-40; irregular after Missisauga River, Ontario, Canada
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  • The massasauga is one of the smaller rattlesnakes, averaging about two feet in length.

    Pathfinder Alan Douglas
  • The massasauga is the rattlesnake occasionally found in the swamps from western New York to Nebraska, but it is rare.

    On the Trail Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard
  • One found at another locality had apparently hibernated in company with a massasauga (Sistrurus catenatus).

British Dictionary definitions for massasauga

massasauga

/ˌmæsəˈsɔːɡə/
noun
1.
a North American venomous snake, Sistrurus catenatus, that has a horny rattle at the end of the tail: family Crotalidae (pit vipers)
Word Origin
C19: named after the Missisauga River, Ontario, Canada, where it was first found
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