cop·​per·​head | \ ˈkä-pər-ˌhed How to pronounce copperhead (audio) \

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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Lewis rushed Winnie to a nearby animal hospital, which confirmed his suspicion and treated the canine for a copperhead bite. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "North Carolina man chops copperhead snake into 'a dozen pieces' after it bites family dog," 25 Sep. 2018 That organization then brought in the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF), which worked with the Wildlife Center to examine the serpent — a rare two-headed baby copperhead. Araceli Cruz, Teen Vogue, "A Rare Two-Headed Baby Copperhead Snake Was Discovered in Virginia," 24 Sep. 2018 Of those six, there are only two that are considered abundant to common - the cottonmouth and copperhead. Myah Ward, charlotteobserver, "Copperhead bites 9-year-old pit bull in Matthews," 5 July 2018 Warming weather means the start of the snake-bite season in the South Carolina Lowcountry and elsewhere, with residents warned to be on particular alert for copperheads.. Joe Marusak, charlotteobserver, "Bear roams Duck, as Outer Banks town warns people to keep pets and children inside | Charlotte Observer," 24 May 2018 While copperheads are venomous, its venom is not particularly potent, Live Science reported. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Alabama girl, 9, bitten by copperhead snake hiding behind pool ladder," 28 June 2018 Piringer said the patient, who is in good condition, recognized the snake as a copperhead. — Keith L. Alexander, — Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Local Digest: Killer of 3 in D.C. is sentenced to life in prison," 10 July 2018 Luckily, none of Chappell’s siblings who were also swimming that day were bitten by the copperhead. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Alabama girl, 9, bitten by copperhead snake hiding behind pool ladder," 28 June 2018 Beyond the yard is a creek where the copperheads are. Mark Curnutte,, "Girl who lost parents to heroin starts over: `I want a family'," 27 June 2018

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1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of copperhead

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


cop·​per·​head | \ ˈkä-pər-ˌhed How to pronounce copperhead (audio) \

Kids Definition of copperhead

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


cop·​per·​head | \ ˈkäp-ər-ˌhed How to pronounce copperhead (audio) \

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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