rattlesnake

noun
rat·​tle·​snake | \ ˈra-tᵊl-ˌsnāk How to pronounce rattlesnake (audio) \

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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Examples of rattlesnake in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While many might spot the rattlesnake after a brief inspection, the image reveals how adept rattlesnakes are at blending into their surroundings. Pete Thomas, USA TODAY, 5 Dec. 2021 The rattlesnake can sense—perhaps see—the body heat of its mammalian prey. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 2 Oct. 2021 Akron man gets 15 years in prison on weapons violations Read more North Ridgeville police deal with a rattlesnake ... Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 28 Sep. 2021 Corbitt tricked the look out with purple silk lining and a rattlesnake skin headband. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 22 Nov. 2021 Cary knelt to pick it up and saw the thick gray-green mottled curl of a rattlesnake. Thomas Mcguane, The New Yorker, 11 Oct. 2021 Although Roarke kept saying no, Rip walked closer, insisting, and then opened it, tossing the contents — a rattlesnake — at Roarke. Danielle Turchiano, Variety, 7 Nov. 2021 Tyrus Brockie, the junior field technician, wore gaiters over his boots to protect against rattlesnake bites. Kylie Mohr, Wired, 23 Oct. 2021 But California wildlife officials note that severe injuries and fatalities from rattlesnake bites are rare. Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of rattlesnake

1624, in the meaning defined above

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“Rattlesnake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rattlesnake. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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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 How to pronounce rattlesnake (audio) \

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 How to pronounce rattlesnake (audio) \

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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