massasauga

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noun mas·sa·sau·ga \ˌma-sə-ˈsȯ-gə\

Definition of massasauga

  1. :  a small North American rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus)

Origin and Etymology of massasauga

Missisauga River, Ontario, Canada


First Known Use: 1835


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massasauga

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noun mas·sa·sau·ga \ˌmas-ə-ˈsȯg-ə\

Medical Definition of massasauga

  1. :  a medium-sized rattlesnake of the genus Sistrurus (S. catenatus) that has nine large scales on the head, grows to a length of about 18 to 39 inches (46 to 100 centimeters), and is distributed from southern Ontario across the central United States to northeastern New Mexico and southeastern Arizona


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