- a heelless shoe made entirely of soft leather, as deerskin, with the sole brought up and attached to a piece of u-shaped leather on top of the foot, worn originally by the American Indians.
- a hard-soled shoe or slipper resembling this, often decorated with beads.
- any of several North American snakes of the genus Agkistrodon (Ancistrodon), especially the cottonmouth.
Origin of moccasin
Examples from the Web for moccasin
The end of those who are bitten by the moccasin is not pretty to see, and besides, I had business.The Trail Book
One moccasin is so much like another, it is probable there is some mistake.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
The rattlesnake and the moccasin are the most dangerous snakes in the United States.Boy Scouts Handbook
Boy Scouts of America
It closely resembles the Moccasin, a poisonous snake, and is often mistaken for it.Pathfinder
Nothing equals the moccasin on the trail, nothing is so good to snow-shoe in.Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled
- a shoe of soft leather, esp deerskin, worn by North American Indians
- any soft shoe resembling this
- NZ a sheepshearer's footgear, usually made of sacking
- short for water moccasin
Word Origin and History for moccasin
"North American Indian shoe" (made of deerskin or soft leather), 1610s, from an Algonquian language of Virginia, probably Powhatan makasin "shoe," from Central Atlantic Coast Algonquian *mockasin, similar to Southern New England Algonquian *makkusin, Munsee Delaware mahkusin, Ojibwa makizin. The venomous snake of southern U.S. (1784) is perhaps a different word, but Bright regards them as identical.