Origin of copperhead
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Contemporary Examples of copperhead
I fully expect the same slur to come out in relation to “Copperhead.”Pacifists We're Loathe to Like
May 29, 2013
Historical Examples of copperhead
The Copperhead derives its name from the copperish tint on its head.Pathfinder
The said Copperhead became in due time a Republican office-holder, and is one yet.Memoirs
Charles Godfrey Leland
The Copperhead remarked: 'I was always too smart for that, I was.'
Mr. Copperhead had risen from the ranks; yet not altogether from the ranks.
I see your mother looking for you, and Mr. Copperhead might not like it.
Trigonocephalus contortrix, 1775, American English, so called for color markings between its eyes; see copper + head (n.). Poisonous "sneak snakes" (because they bite without warning), the name is said to have been first used in reference to Northerners suspected of Southern sympathies in Greeley's New York "Tribune," July 20, 1861. Charles H. Coleman, "The Use of the Term 'Copperhead' During the Civil War" ["Mississippi Valley Historical Review" 25 (1938), p.263] traces it to an anonymous letter against Ohio anti-war Democrats in the Cincinnati "Commercial" newspaper in the summer of 1861. It seems not to have been in widespread use until summer 1862.