water moccasin

noun

Definition of water moccasin 

1 : a venomous semiaquatic pit viper (Agkistrodon piscivorus) chiefly of the southeastern U.S. that is closely related to the copperhead

called also cottonmouth, cottonmouth moccasin

2 : a harmless American colubrid water snake (genus Nerodia) resembling the true water moccasin

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According to the agency, water moccasins are muscular snakes that can become nearly six feet long. William Axford, Houston Chronicle, "Man discovers he encountered a venomous snake while visiting Battleship Texas," 9 Jan. 2018 Copperheads are often mistaken for juvenile cottonmouths, or water moccasins, or for common water snakes. Dennis Pillion, AL.com, "Copperheads in Alabama: How to spot snakes that bit 2 kids in 8 days, what to do for bites," 15 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of water moccasin

circa 1821, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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water moccasin

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English Language Learners Definition of water moccasin

: a poisonous snake found in the southern U.S. that lives on land and in water

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Kids Definition of water moccasin

: a poisonous snake of the southern United States that lives in or near water

water moccasin

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water moc·ca·sin | \-ˌmäk-ə-sən \

Medical Definition of water moccasin 

: a venomous semiaquatic pit viper (Agkistrodon piscivorus) of the southern United States closely related to the copperhead

called also cottonmouth, cottonmouth moccasin

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