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

Examples of cottonmouth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dry Mouth: Also known as cottonmouth, this is a common side effect of cannabis use. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 11 Oct. 2023 Quenching Your Thirst One common side effect experienced by some delta 8 users is dry mouth, also known as cottonmouth. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 14 Aug. 2023 Dry mouth, also known as cottonmouth, is frequently experienced by consumers. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 4 Aug. 2023 One creek’s water spills into that of another easy as a cottonmouth twists round its mate. Roey Leonardi, The Atlantic, 25 June 2023 Still, your odds of being bitten on the face by a cottonmouth are higher while noodling than while attending a musical, for example. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, 15 June 2023 The terms cottonmouth and water moccasin for this species are synonymous. Cole Sikes Communications and Marketing Specialist Alabama Cooperative Extension System, al, 25 Apr. 2023 Of the 46 species of snakes known in Georgia, only six are venomous: copperhead, cottonmouth, Eastern diamondback rattlesnake, timber/canebrake rattlesnake, pigmy rattlesnake and Eastern coral snake. Nancy Clanton, ajc, 20 Apr. 2023 Set across a massive 7,000 acres in Louisiana's infamous Atchafalaya Basin, the murky waters and impenetrable brush were lurking with predators — including territorial 10-foot alligators and North America's only venomous water snake, the cottonmouth. Steve Helling,, 11 Apr. 2021 See More

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Word History


from the white interior of its mouth

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cottonmouth was in 1832

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“Cottonmouth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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cot·​ton·​mouth ˈkät-ᵊn-ˌmau̇th How to pronounce cottonmouth (audio)

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