Moccasin flower
moccasin moc"ca*sin, n. [An Indian word. Algonquin makisin.] [Sometimes written {moccason}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) 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. [1913 Webster]

{Moccasin flower} (Bot.), a species of lady's slipper ({Cypripedium acaule}) found in North America. The lower petal is two inches long, and forms a rose-colored moccasin-shaped pouch. It grows in rich woods under coniferous trees. [1913 Webster]


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  • moccasin flower — ☆ moccasin flower n. CYPRIPEDIUM (sense 1) …   English World dictionary

  • moccasin flower — noun Date: 1680 any of several lady s slippers (genus Cypripedium); especially a once common woodland orchid (C. acaule) of eastern North America with pink or white moccasin shaped flowers …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • moccasin flower — 1. the lady s slipper. 2. a cypripedium, Cypripedium acaule, of the U.S. [1670 80, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • moccasin flower — moc′casin flow er n. 1) pln lady s slipper 2) pln a cypripedium, Cypripedium acaule, of the U.S • Etymology: 1670–80, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • moccasin flower — noun once common rose pink woodland orchid of eastern North America • Syn: ↑nerveroot, ↑Cypripedium acaule • Hypernyms: ↑lady s slipper, ↑lady slipper, ↑ladies slipper, ↑slipper orchid …   Useful english dictionary

  • yellow moccasin flower — noun or yellow noah s ark Usage: usually capitalized N : a yellow lady s slipper (Cypripedium parviflorum) …   Useful english dictionary

  • moccasin — moc ca*sin, n. [An Indian word. Algonquin makisin.] [Sometimes written {moccason}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Moccasin (disambiguation) — A Moccasin is a form of shoe worn by Native Americans, as well as by hunters, traders, and settlers in the frontier regions of North America. Moccasin may refer to: Contents 1 Places 2 Plants 3 Ships 4 Snakes …   Wikipedia

  • flower — Synonyms and related words: Chinese lantern, Christmas rose, Eglantine, acacia, advance, androecium, anther, arrowhead, asiaticism, aster, attain majority, axiom, azalea, batten, bead, bear fruit, bejewel, beribbon, bespangle, best, bleeding… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • cottonmouth water moccasin — moccasin moc ca*sin, n. [An Indian word. Algonquin makisin.] [Sometimes written {moccason}.] 1. 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. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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