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copperhead

[ kop-er-hed ]
/ ˈkɒp ərˌhɛd /
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noun
a venomous snake, Agkistrodon (Ancistrodon) contortrix, of the eastern and southern U.S., having a light-brown to copper-red body marked with darker bands.
an extremely venomous but sluggish snake, Denisonia superba, of Australia and Tasmania, having a reddish to black body, depending on the region.
Copperhead,
  1. U.S. History. a Northern Democrat who opposed the Civil War, advocating peace and restoration of the Union even if slavery continued.
  2. Military. a finned, 155 mm cannon-launched U.S. Army artillery shell that homes on the target, using the reflection of a laser beam projected by a forward observer.
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Origin of copperhead

An Americanism dating back to 1765–75; copper1 + head
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British Dictionary definitions for copperhead

copperhead
/ (ˈkɒpəˌhɛd) /

noun
a venomous reddish-brown snake, Agkistrodon contortrix, of the eastern US: family Crotalidae (pit vipers)
a venomous reddish-brown Australian elapid snake, Denisonia superba
US informal a Yankee supporter of the South during the Civil War
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