noun Ag·kis·tro·don \ag-ˈki-strə-ˌdän, aŋ-\

Definition of Agkistrodon

  1. :  a genus of pit vipers including the American copperhead and water moccasin —used generally instead of the technically preferable Ancistrodon

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Origin and Etymology of agkistrodon

borrowed from New Latin, borrowed from Greek ánkistron (unconventionally transliterated with g for Greek gamma nasal) “fishhook” + -odōn -odon — more at ancistrocladus

First Known Use: 1852

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to cast off or become cast off

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