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noun, plural cot·ton·mouths [kot-n-mouths, -mouth z] /ˈkɒt nˌmaʊθs, -ˌmaʊðz/.
  1. a venomous snake, Agkistrodon (Ancistrodon) piscivorus, of swamps in southeastern U.S., that grows to about 4 feet (1.2 meters).
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Origin of cottonmouth

1825–35, Americanism; cotton + mouth, so called from the whiteness of its lips and mouth
Also called water moccasin.
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Related Words for cottonmouth

thirsty, arid, burned, shriveled, dry, drain, sear, parch, evaporate, exsiccate, desiccate, waterless

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  1. another name for the water moccasin
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