moccasin

[ mok-uh-sin, -zuh n ]
/ ˈmɒk ə sɪn, -zən /

noun

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.

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Origin of moccasin

1605–15, Americanism; < Virginia Algonquian < Proto-Algonquian *maxkeseni
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moccasin

/ (ˈmɒkəsɪn) /

noun

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 for moccasin

C17: from Algonquian; compare Narraganset mocussin shoe
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