copperhead

noun cop·per·head \ ˈkä-pər-ˌhed \

Definition of copperhead

1 :a common pit viper (Agkistrodon contortrix) of the eastern and central U.S. 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 Defined for English Language Learners

copperhead

noun

Definition of copperhead for English Language Learners

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


COPPERHEAD Defined for Kids

copperhead

noun cop·per·head \ ˈkä-pər-ˌhed \

Definition of copperhead for Students

:a poisonous snake of the eastern and central United States with a reddish brown head

Medical Dictionary

copperhead

noun cop·per·head \ ˈkäp-ər-ˌhed \

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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