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/ ˈræt lˌsneɪk /
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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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How to use rattlesnake in a sentence
A respondent from New Mexico said he or she owns a “.22 pistol to shoot rattlesnakes only in my yard.”Readers Weigh In After Newtown Shooting: Why Own a Gun?|Matthew DeLuca|December 19, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Hairoil turned some shoats into a rock patch he owned and cleaned out the rattlesnakes.Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher|Eleanor Gates
They fired me for bringing in a couple of rattlesnakes and—and assaulting a teacher.The Varmint|Owen Johnson
The rattlesnakes were very numerous, for one day I killed seven.A Tramp's Notebook|Morley Roberts
In the temple a great quantity of rattlesnakes, kept as sacred objects were fed with the entrails of the victims.South American Fights and Fighters|Cyrus Townsend Brady
Rattlesnakes are reported to have subsisted many months without any food, yet still retained their vigour and fierceness.The Book of Curiosities|I. Platts
British Dictionary definitions for rattlesnake
/ (ˈrætəlˌsneɪk) /
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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