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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Recent Examples on the Web There are four venomous snakes in Texas: coral snakes, copperheads, water moccasins (a.k.a. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Most snakes in North Texas are beneficial to your garden," 8 June 2020 Alligators and water moccasins live in the tangled woods to the left. Richard Conniff, National Geographic, "These surreal jarred fish tell an urgent story of extinction," 20 Sep. 2019 Those that are venomous include the diamondback rattlesnake, canebrake rattlesnake, pigmy rattlesnake, the copperhead, and cottonmouth or water moccasin. Wayne K. Roustan, sun-sentinel.com, "Venomous snake captured after it bites man, 19," 10 July 2019 Bears, panthers, countless alligators, and aggressive water moccasins share the same swamp water that floods the trail. Eric Barton, Outside Online, "This Florida Thru-Hike Is Not for the Faint of Heart," 10 July 2019 Zamar Miller, 19, took one step out the front door of his home about 10 p.m. July 4 and was bitten on the foot by a venomous water moccasin. Wayne K. Roustan, sun-sentinel.com, "Venomous snake captured after it bites man, 19," 10 July 2019 Also known as water moccasins, cottonmouths are one of six poisonous snakes found in the Tar Heel State, according to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Venomous snakes found by North Carolina firefighter in floods after Florence," 18 Sep. 2018 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/water%20moccasin. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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

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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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