Rattlesnake definition

rătl-snāk
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Any of various venomous pit vipers of the genera Crotalus and Sistrurus of the Americas, having at the end of the tail a series of loosely attached, horny segments that can be vibrated to produce a rattling or buzzing sound.
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Any of various poisonous American pit vipers (genera Crotalus and Sistrurus), having an interlocking series of horny rings at the end of the tail that produce a rattling or buzzing sound when shaken.
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Any of various venomous pit vipers of the genera Crotalus and Sistrurus of the Americas, having at the end of the tail a series of loosely attached, horny segments that can be vibrated to produce a rattling or buzzing sound.
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Any of various poisonous American snakes, of genera Crotalus and Sistrurus, having a rattle at the end of its tail.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
rattlesnake
Plural:
rattlesnakes

Origin of rattlesnake