cot·​ton·​mouth | \ ˈkä-tᵊn-ˌmau̇th How to pronounce cottonmouth (audio) \

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Recent Examples on the Web Cheba Hut will feature veggie and meat toasted subs, salads, appetizers called munchies, treats such as Rice Krispies and drinks that are sure to cure your cottonmouth, according to the website. Briana Rice, The Enquirer, "Marijuana-themed sandwich shop Cheba Hut opening in Corryville," 26 Feb. 2021 Harvey Lillywhite, a physiological ecologist at the University of Florida, and his students have noticed male and female cottonmouth snakes pairing off for long periods and foraging together. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Garter snakes are surprisingly social, forming ‘friendships’ with fellow serpents," 4 May 2020 The mountain preachers who will pick up cottonmouths and rattlers and sway around the altar just daring God to let one of those serpents strike. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Gerth: Arrest pastors who hold services in a pandemic and padlock their church doors. Now," 10 Apr. 2020 Like cottonmouths, copperheads are often misidentified because of their notoriety in U.S. culture. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "Cougar or not? Why we think we see big cats in our backyards.," 18 Nov. 2019 In the last few years, Republicans who’ve dipped a toe in anti-Trump waters have quickly recoiled, as though a cottonmouth lurked just below the surface. Elaina Plott, New York Times, "A Primary From the Right? Not in Trump’s G.O.P.," 28 Jan. 2020 Water and other caffeine-free, non-alcoholic beverages can help temporarily relieve cottonmouth and reduce your chance of getting dry, irritated eyes. Stacey Mckenna, azcentral, "What to do if your high feels like more than you can handle," 6 Aug. 2019 Four cops worked together to capture the snake, which is also often called a cottonmouth. Tiffini Theisen,, "Snake safety urged after water moccasin lurking outside Florida man’s home bites him," 10 July 2019 Those that are venomous include the diamondback rattlesnake, canebrake rattlesnake, pigmy rattlesnake, the copperhead, and cottonmouth or water moccasin. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Venomous snake captured after it bites man, 19," 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of cottonmouth

1832, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cottonmouth

from the white interior of its mouth

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The first known use of cottonmouth was in 1832

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4 Mar 2021

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“Cottonmouth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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