diamondback rattlesnake


Definition of 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

Examples of diamondback rattlesnake in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Choctaw farmers traditionally venerated the diamondback rattlesnake as a protector of crops. Tara Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Girls Have Brought Political Change to America," 20 Oct. 2020 Each of the five flag designs incorporate a segmented star comprised of diamonds, a reference to the eastern diamondback rattlesnake which is revered in Native American cultures. Alissa Zhu, USA TODAY, "The shield or the magnolia? Here are the final two options for the new Mississippi state flag," 25 Aug. 2020 Choose from dark or medium brown belting leather, or get extra wild with crocodile print, ostrich print or genuine Western diamondback rattlesnake inlay. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, "From Yeti cup handles to cigar cutter cases, some of the handmade leather goods made in and around San Antonio," 4 Aug. 2020 The fangs of an eastern diamondback rattlesnake, America’s largest species, are nearly an inch long. Keith Mccafferty, Field & Stream, "Don’t Get Bit: Ultimate Snake Survival Guide," 23 July 2014 Your Instagram photo of the day Stand your ground: A western diamondback rattlesnake is poised to strike in the foothills of the Wichita Mountains in Oklahoma. National Geographic, "Why do we cover the world's wildlife?," 27 Feb. 2020 To find out, Clevers and colleagues removed stem cells from the venom glands of nine snake species—including the cape coral cobra and the western diamondback rattlesnake—and placed them in a cocktail of hormones and proteins called growth factors. Erin Malsbury, Science | AAAS, "Tiny organs grown from snake glands produce real venom," 23 Jan. 2020 Suddenly a hair-raising rattling came from an Eastern diamondback rattlesnake on the ground a few feet away. Gena Steffens, Smithsonian, "The Snakes That Ate Florida," 11 July 2019 Those that are venomous include the diamondback rattlesnake, canebrake rattlesnake, pigmy rattlesnake, the copperhead, and cottonmouth or water moccasin. Wayne K. Roustan, sun-sentinel.com, "Venomous snake captured after it bites man, 19," 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of diamondback rattlesnake

1894, in the meaning defined above

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“Diamondback rattlesnake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diamondback%20rattlesnake. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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diamondback rattlesnake

di·​a·​mond·​back rattlesnake | \ ˈdī-(ə-)mən(d)-ˌbak- How to pronounce diamondback rattlesnake (audio) \

Medical Definition of diamondback rattlesnake

: 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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