water moccasin


noun

the cottonmouth.
any of various similar but harmless snakes, as a water snake of the genus Nerodia.

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Origin of water moccasin

An Americanism dating back to 1815–25
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Example sentences from the Web for water moccasin

  • The water-moccasin will not trouble you if you let him alone.

    Down South|Oliver Optic
  • The water-moccasin (Agkistrodon piscivorous) is dark chestnut-brown with darker markings.

  • The water-moccasin is about two feet in length, and has a circumference of five or six inches.

    Voyage of the Paper Canoe|Nathaniel H. Bishop

British Dictionary definitions for water moccasin

water moccasin

noun

a large dark grey venomous snake, Agkistrodon piscivorus, of swamps in the southern US: family Crotalidae (pit vipers)Also called: cottonmouth
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