from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A soft leather slipper traditionally worn by certain Native American peoples.
- n. Footwear resembling such a slipper.
- n. A water moccasin.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A kind of shoe with low heels, with the top sides stitched upwards.
- n. A Native North American shoe made of deerskin.
- n. A light beige colour, like that of a moccasin.
- n. Any of several North American snakes of the genus Agkistrodon.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A shoe made of deerskin, or other soft leather, the sole and upper part being one piece. It is the customary shoe worn by the American Indians.
- n. A poisonous snake of the Southern United States. The water moccasin (Ancistrodon piscivorus syn. Agkistrodon piscivorus, also called cottonmouth and cottonmouth water moccasin) is usually found in or near water. Above, it is olive brown, barred with black; beneath, it is brownish yellow, mottled with darker. The upland moccasin is Ancistrodon atrofuscus. They resemble rattlesnakes, but are without rattles.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A shoe or cover for the feet, made of deerskin or other soft leather, without a stiff sole, and usually ornamented on the upper side: the shoe customarily worn by the American Indians.
- n. A venomous serpent of the United States.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. soft leather shoe; originally worn by Native Americans
"I sent a letter out privately to be passed along by the Indians -- what they call moccasin telegraph."
I'm guessing that a subdued water moccasin is the best kind of water moccasin.
The Arapahos and Cheyennes use a "shoe" moccasin, that is, one which reaches no higher than the instep, and wants the upper sideflaps which moccasins usually have.
The moccasin was a little too short -- just a little.
At the same moment a large water-snake, of the kind known as a moccasin, glided away, and disappeared beneath the slimy bank.
The most common of the group, the _C. acaule_, most widely known as the moccasin-flower, whose large, nodding, pale crimson blooms we so irresistibly associate with the cool hemlock woods, will afford a good illustration.
The moccasin was a dangerous fellow, and he didn't want to run any risks with him.
If ever I saw the print of a moccasin, that is one.
THERE is another snake in Carolina and Florida called the moccasin, very different from this, which is a very beautiful creature, and I believe not of a distructive or vindictive nature; these when grown to their greatest size are about five feet in length, and near as thick as a man's arm; their skin scaly but smooth and shining, of a pale grey and sky colour ground, uniformly marked with transverse undulatory ringlets or blotches of a deep nut brown, edged with red or bright Spanish brown; they appear innocent, very active and swift, endeavouring to escape from one; they have no poisonous fangs.
Travels Through North & South Carolina, Georgia, East & West Florida, the Cherokee Country, the Extensive Territories of the Muscogulges, or Creek Confederacy, and the Country of the Chactaws; Containing An Account of the Soil and Natural Productions of Those Regions, Together with Observations on the Manners of the Indians.
It was a cottonmouth water moccasin which is one of the top five “Most Poisonous” snakes in Florida.