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diamondback

[dahy-muh nd-bak, dahy-uh-]
adjective
  1. bearing diamond-shaped marks, designs, or configurations on the back.
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Origin of diamondback

First recorded in 1810–20; diamond + back1
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  • It was a diamondback rattler, and lay coiled on the rug at my feet.

    Vigorish

    Gordon Randall Garrett


British Dictionary definitions for diamondback

diamondback

noun
  1. Also called: diamondback terrapin, diamondback turtle any edible North American terrapin of the genus Malaclemys, esp M. terrapin, occurring in brackish and tidal waters and having diamond-shaped markings on the shell: family Emydidae
  2. a large North American rattlesnake, Crotalus adamanteus, having cream-and-grey diamond-shaped markings
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