rattlesnake

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noun rat·tle·snake \ˈra-təl-ˌsnāk\

Definition of rattlesnake

  1. :  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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1630

First Known Use of rattlesnake

1630


RATTLESNAKE Defined for English Language Learners

rattlesnake

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noun rat·tle·snake \ˈra-təl-ˌsnāk\

Definition of rattlesnake for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

rattlesnake

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noun rat·tle·snake \ˈra-təl-ˌsnāk\

Definition of rattlesnake for Students

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


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rattlesnake

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noun rat·tle·snake \ˈrat-əl-ˌsnāk\

Medical Definition of rattlesnake

  1. :  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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