rat·​tler | \ˈrat-lər, ˈra-tᵊl-ər\

Definition of rattler 

1 : one that rattles

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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 This past week, the same tragic fate befell a golfer in South Dakota who was bitten by a rattler. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Wildlife is wild, so admire from afar," 13 June 2018 This is rattlesnake season, and San Diego County is home to four species of rattlers that can ruin your day. Ernie Cowan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "It's rattlesnake season in the county," 9 June 2018 Reality: Actually, five of the six venomous snakes, including copperheads, timber rattlers and cottonmouths in Georgia have triangular heads. Shelia Poole, ajc, "7 most common myths about snakes," 5 June 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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