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rattlesnake

[ rat-l-sneyk ]
/ ˈræt lˌsneɪk /
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noun
any of several New World pit vipers of the genera Crotalus and Sistrurus, having a rattle composed of a series of horny, interlocking elements at the end of the tail.

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Origin of rattlesnake

An Americanism dating back to 1620–30; rattle1 + snake
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British Dictionary definitions for rattlesnake

rattlesnake
/ (ˈrætəlˌsneɪk) /

noun
any of the venomous New World snakes constituting the genera Crotalus and Sistrurus, such as C. horridus (black or timber rattlesnake): family Crotalidae (pit vipers). They have a series of loose horny segments on the tail that are vibrated to produce a buzzing or whirring sound
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