- 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.
Origin of rattlesnake
Examples from the Web for rattlesnakes
Historical Examples of rattlesnakes
Next thing they'll be asking about mountain lions and rattlesnakes.Her Father's Daughter
"It's a likely-looking place for rattlesnakes," Bob remarked.The Fiery Totem
Handling glanders was almost as dangerous as either the bullets or the rattlesnakes.Policing the Plains
We knew that rattlesnakes abounded in this region as we had seen them on our way.Old Rail Fence Corners
If your back garden is infested with rattlesnakes you should keep pigs.
- 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