diamondback rattlesnake

noun

: 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 Newsweek has previously mapped the habitat of the eastern diamondback rattlesnake, as well as the black widow and brown recluse spiders. David Faris, Newsweek, 10 July 2024 At first, the friends thought the snake was a non-venomous water snake, but realized later, once the snake had swam closer, that the reptile was a venomous diamondback rattlesnake. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 3 May 2024 An eastern diamondback rattlesnake bit an Amazon delivery driver, in Palm City, Fla., on Monday. Dennis Romero, NBC News, 20 Sep. 2023 Why rattlesnakes are beneficial:Arizona's famous reptile deserves respect Common Arizona rattlesnake species Western diamondback rattlesnake. The Arizona Republic, 22 Feb. 2024 Genomic analysis of the western diamondback rattlesnake demonstrated that venom metalloproteinases evolved from a single ancestral gene. Scott Travers, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 How does a western diamondback rattlesnake develop resistance to the many types of metalloproteinase toxins in its own venom? Scott Travers, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 According to the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, eastern diamondback rattlesnakes are North America's longest, heaviest venomous snake, averaging 3 to 6 feet, with some adults growing up to 8 feet. Sarah Rumpf-Whitten, Fox News, 19 Oct. 2023 Snake wrangler Marissa Maki recently helped the homeowner gather 20 western diamondback rattlesnakes that were hiding in the garage attached to his residence in Mesa, according to a video from the company Rattlesnake Solutions. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 15 Sep. 2023

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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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diamondback rattlesnake

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

called also diamondback, diamondback rattler

Medical Definition

diamondback rattlesnake

noun
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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