rat·​tler | \ ˈrat-lər How to pronounce rattler (audio) , ˈra-tᵊl-ər\

Definition of rattler

1 : one that rattles

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The rattlers were later returned to the dens near where they were first captured, West Virginia Natural Resources Police said. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "West Virginia man arrested after 17 rattlesnakes found in home," 28 Aug. 2018 The Skwish is a wooden rattler and teether in one, and lets babies squish and shake to their heart’s content. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Here’s How Joanna Gaines Celebrated Crew’s First Major Milestone," 15 Jan. 2019 Diamondback rattlers are capable of swimming, according to Reptiles magazine. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Rattlesnake emerged from water in Florida, beachgoers say," 27 Sep. 2018 Urban said when asked how many timber rattlers there could be in the state. Jason Nark, Philly.com, "Venomous passion: Pennsylvania's snake hunters head to the hills," 20 June 2018 Abilene has seen numerous snake reports as the weather has warmed up and was the site of an incident last year in which 24 rattlers, including one that slithered out of a toilet, were found in the same home. Stephen English, star-telegram, "A Texas boy was playing with his toys. He was bitten by a rattlesnake hiding in them," 27 June 2018 Love for the rattler was hard fought in Pennsylvania, Urban said. Jason Nark, Philly.com, "Venomous passion: Pennsylvania's snake hunters head to the hills," 20 June 2018 Wildlife experts said the snake is a timber rattler, which is venomous. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Police stopped traffic so this venomous snake could cross the road unharmed," 21 June 2018 Timber rattlers come in a variety of colors, often called light phase and dark phase. Jason Nark, Philly.com, "Venomous passion: Pennsylvania's snake hunters head to the hills," 20 June 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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