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copperhead

noun cop·per·head \ˈkä-pər-ˌhed\

: a poisonous reddish-brown snake of the eastern and central U.S.

Full Definition of COPPERHEAD

1
:  a common pit viper (Agkistrodon contortrix) of the eastern and central United States usually having a copper-colored head and often a reddish-brown hourglass pattern on the body
2
:  a person in the northern states who sympathized with the South during the American Civil War

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First Known Use of COPPERHEAD

1775

copperhead

noun cop·per·head \ˈkäp-ər-ˌhed\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of COPPERHEAD

1
:  a pit viper (Agkistrodon contortrix) widely distributed in upland areas of the eastern and central United States that typically attains a length of three feet (0.9 meter), is coppery brown above with dark transverse blotches, and is capable of inflicting a very painful but rarely fatal bite
2
:  a very venomous but sluggish Australian elapid snake of the genus Denisonia (D. superba)

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