diamondback rattlesnake


: either of two large and deadly rattlesnakes (Crotalus adamanteus of the southeastern U.S. and C. atrox of the south central and southwestern U.S. and Mexico)

called also diamondback, diamondback rattler

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Tiger rattlesnakes start brumation from late October to early December, while Western diamondback rattlesnakes, which are slightly larger, will go into their dens a little later than that. Sofia Quaglia, Discover Magazine, 24 Feb. 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 But Young’s diamondback rattlesnake paper suggested snakes best respond to airborne sounds between 200 and 400 Hz. Sofia Quaglia, Discover Magazine, 2 Mar. 2023 The promenade resembles the skin of a diamondback rattlesnake from above. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, 27 Feb. 2023 Where to find it: Spud Ranch BBQ at the Carnival Midway Snake bite nachos: Chris Taylor and his son travel to state fairs across the country serving mostly dishes with diamondback rattlesnake meat. Emma Balter, Chron, 26 Feb. 2023 Amid elevated glass cases in the lobby holding Gila monsters and a Western diamondback rattlesnake, Fran Goran, of Bloomfield Hills, was wearing a blue alumni fleece over a blue mail-order T-shirt from Michigan's appearance in the 2021 Orange Bowl. Detroit Free Press, 31 Dec. 2022 Pit vipers are famed for their ability to detect the infrared radiation given off by warm-blooded prey, and none more so than the western diamondback rattlesnake. Ed Yong, Discover Magazine, 14 Mar. 2010 The Florida pine snake, also found in southeast Alabama, is often mistaken for the eastern diamondback rattlesnake. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, 15 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of diamondback rattlesnake was in 1894

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Kids Definition

diamondback rattlesnake

: either of two large and deadly rattlesnakes of the southern U.S.

called also diamondback, diamondback rattler

Medical Definition

diamondback rattlesnake

di·​a·​mond·​back rattlesnake ˈdī-(ə-)mən(d)-ˌbak- How to pronounce diamondback rattlesnake (audio)
: either of two large and deadly rattlesnakes of the genus Crotalus (C. adamanteus of the southeastern United States and C. atrox of the south central and southwestern United States and Mexico)

called also diamondback, diamondback rattler

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