rattlesnake

noun
rat·tle·snake | \ ˈra-tᵊl-ˌsnāk \

Definition of rattlesnake 

: any of several American pit vipers (genera Crotalus and Sistrurus) that have horny interlocking joints at the end of the tail which make a sharp rattling sound when shaken

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Jennifer Trask uses rattlesnake and python ribs and nails to make a bouquet of Queen Anne’s lace. Thomas Hine, Philly.com, "Brandywine River Museum's new exhibit finds scary beauty in the realm of decay," 5 July 2018 In an unusual and downright terrifying incident, one local resident went to use their pool noodles and found a rattlesnake and its babies tucked away inside. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Snakes Could Be Hiding in Pool Noodles, Arizona Fire Dept. Warns," 27 June 2018 The potential long-term effect on populations of rattlesnakes and other snakes remains uncertain. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "This fatal disease is disfiguring endangered Indiana snakes," 17 May 2018 Northern Pacific rattlesnake venom contains a protein that functions identically. Kyle Dickman, Outside Online, "A Rattle with Death in Yosemite," 20 June 2018 Texas Parks and Wildlife Texas indigo snakes are nonvenomous and are actually immune to rattlesnake venom, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "When a 6-foot snake slithered out of his toilet, dad knocked son over running away, he says," 12 June 2018 But by the end of that day in late May, Jeremy Sutcliffe would be in a coma, his body ravaged by rattlesnake venom and doctors unsure whether the 40-year-old would survive. Allyson Chiu, chicagotribune.com, "A Texas man decapitated a rattlesnake. It bit him anyway and he nearly died, his wife says.," 7 June 2018 Alternatively, rattlesnake venom can also inhibit clotting, a phenomenon known as anti-coagulation, which can in turn cause excessive bleeding. Christina Capatides, CBS News, "Kayaker hospitalized after rattlesnake falls from a tree and bites him," 22 May 2018 In 1978, an ex-journalist investigating Synanon, a California drug rehab program that became a cult, was treated to a rattlesnake in his mailbox. Anna Orso, Philly.com, "Following Annapolis shooting, journalists contemplate angry readers, death threats and backlash," 29 June 2018

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1624, in the meaning defined above

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rattlesnake

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rattlesnake

: a poisonous American snake with a group of hard, loose pieces (called scales) at the end of its tail that it shakes to make a noise

rattlesnake

noun
rat·tle·snake | \ ˈra-tᵊl-ˌsnāk \

Kids Definition of rattlesnake

: a poisonous American snake with a rattle at the end of its tail

rattlesnake

noun
rat·tle·snake | \ ˈrat-ᵊl-ˌsnāk \

Medical Definition of rattlesnake 

: any of the American pit vipers that have a series of horny interlocking joints at the end of the tail which make a sharp rattling sound when vibrated and that comprise the genera Sistrurus and Crotalus — see diamondback rattlesnake, tiger rattlesnake, timber rattlesnake

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