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[mok-uh-sin, -zuh n] /ˈmɒk ə sɪn, -zən/

a heelless shoe made entirely of soft leather, as deerskin, with the sole brought up and attached to a piece of u -shaped leather on top of the foot, worn originally by the American Indians.
a hard-soled shoe or slipper resembling this, often decorated with beads.
any of several North American snakes of the genus Agkistrodon (Ancistrodon), especially the cottonmouth.
a shoe of soft leather, esp deerskin, worn by North American Indians
any soft shoe resembling this
(NZ) a sheepshearer’s footgear, usually made of sacking
short for water moccasin

“North American Indian shoe” (made of deerskin or soft leather), 1610s, from an Algonquian language of Virginia, probably Powhatan makasin “shoe,” from Central Atlantic Coast Algonquian *mockasin, similar to Southern New England Algonquian *makkusin, Munsee Delaware mahkusin, Ojibwa makizin. The venomous snake of southern U.S. (1784) is perhaps a different word, but Bright regards them as identical.


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