sidewinder


side·wind·er

noun \ˈsīd-ˌwīn-dər\

Definition of SIDEWINDER

1
:  a heavy swinging blow from the side
2
:  a small pale-colored desert rattlesnake (Crotalus cerastes) of the southwestern United States that moves by thrusting its body diagonally forward in a series of flat S-shaped curves

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First Known Use of SIDEWINDER

1840

side·wind·er

noun \ˈsīd-ˌwīnd-ər\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SIDEWINDER

: a small pale-colored rattlesnake of the genus Crotalus (C. cerastes) of the southwestern United States that moves by thrusting its body diagonally forward in a series of S-shaped curves—called also horned rattlesnake

sidewinder

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Species (Crotalus cerastes) of small, nocturnal rattlesnake, found in sandy deserts of Mexico and the southwestern U.S. It is 18–30 in. (45–75 cm) long. It has hornlike scales above its eyes and is pale tan, pinkish, or gray, with an inconspicuous spotted pattern on the back and sides. It moves by looping itself obliquely across the sand, leaving a characteristic J-shaped trail. Its venomous bite is usually not fatal to humans.

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