Rattlesnakes



[rat-l-sneyk] /ˈræt lˌsneɪk/

noun
1.
any of several New World pit vipers of the genera Crotalus and Sistrurus, having a composed of a series of horny, interlocking elements at the end of the tail.
/ˈrætəlˌsneɪk/
noun
1.
any of the venomous New World snakes constituting the genera Crotalus and Sistrurus, such as C. horridus (black or timber rattlesnake): family Crotalidae (pit vipers). They have a series of loose horny segments on the tail that are vibrated to produce a buzzing or whirring sound
n.

1620s, from rattle + snake (n.).

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