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
First Known Use of copperhead
COPPERHEAD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of copperhead for English Language Learners
: a poisonous reddish-brown snake of the eastern and central U.S.
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Definition of copperhead for Students
: a poisonous snake of the eastern and central United States with a reddish brown head
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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