from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various venomous New World snakes of the genera Crotalus and Sistrurus, 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various poisonous American snakes, of genera Crotalus and Sistrurus, having a rattle at the end of its tail.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any one of several species of venomous American snakes belonging to the genera Crotalus and Caudisona, or Sistrurus; sometimes also called rattler. They have a series of horny interlocking joints at the end of the tail which make a sharp rattling sound when shaken. The common rattlesnake of the Northern United States (Crotalus horridus), and the diamondback rattlesnake (also called diamondback rattler, and diamondback) of the South and East (Crotalus adamanteus) and West (Crotalus atrox), are the best known. See Illust. of fang.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A venomous serpent of the family Crotalidæ, whose tail ends in a rattle or crepitaculum; a crotaliform or solenogly phic serpent, or pit-viper, of either of the genera Crotalus and Crotalophorus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. pit viper with horny segments at the end of the tail that rattle when shaken
Among others, there is a sort of snake, which we call rattlesnake, from a certain object which it has back upon its tail, two or three fingers 'breadth long, and has ten or twelve joints, and with this it makes a noise like the crickets.
Gil probably should have thought about that and realized that a street address with the word rattlesnake in it was most likely a bad omen—that things probably wouldn’t turn out well if they tried living there.
Tea Party activists view the flag as a historic symbol of American defiance, but critics say the familiar flag with the image of a coiled rattlesnake is now associated with the controversial political movement.
Florida Conservation writes that the pygmy rattlesnake is common throughout all of Florida, and that its rattle "is small and slender and produces a sound like the buzzing of an insect."
The eastern diamondback rattlesnake is threatened over much of its range, and if one turned up in my back yard, I'd relocate it.
Our opinion of the rattlesnake is very close to the Egyptian opinion of the cat.
Abstract: A distinctive new species of rattlesnake is described from the western versant of the Sierra Madre del Sur of Guerrero, Mexico.
If you go into a church you will be forced to worship both the Virgin of Guadalupe and the Snake God, and being bitten by a rattlesnake is part of communion.
SENEKA SNAKE ROOT -- (Polygola Senega.) [OOYER-LEG.] The stalk of this plant grows about a foot high, upright and branched; its leaves are somewhat oval and pointed; flowers white; the root is variously bent and twisted, rough and of a jointy appearance, thought to bear some resemblance to the tail of a rattle snake; hence it is sometimes called rattlesnake root; several opinions have been given
The Cherokee Physician, or Indian Guide to Health, as Given by Richard Foreman, a Cherokee Doctor; Comprising a Brief View of Anatomy, With General Rules for Preserving Health without the Use of Medicines. The Diseases of the U. States, with Their Symptoms, Causes, and Means of Prevention, are Treated on in a Satisfactory Manner. It Also Contains a Description of a Variety of Herbs and Roots, Many of which are not Explained in Any Other Book, and their Medical Virtues have Hitherto been Unknown to the Whites; To which is Added a Short Dispensatory.
Lastly, some friendly advice: when the rattlesnake is rattling, it’s usually not a good idea to go poking it with a stick.