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

Word History


borrowed from New Latin, borrowed from Greek ánkistron (unconventionally transliterated with g for Greek gamma nasal) "fishhook" + -odōn -odon

First Known Use

1852, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Agkistrodon was in 1852

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“Agkistrodon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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