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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  • Cottonmouth — may refer to: Snakes Agkistrodon piscivorus, a.k.a. the water moccasin, a venomous and semiaquatic pitviper found in the US Agkistrodon contortrix mokasen, a.k.a. the northern copperhead, a venomous pitviper found in the US Entertainment:… …   Wikipedia

  • cottonmouth — n. venomous semiaquatic snake ({Agkistrodon piscivorus}) of swamps in southern U.S.; called also {water moccasin}, {cottonmouth moccasin}, and {cottonmouth water moccasin}. It grows to a length of about 4 feet. The name refers to the whiteness of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • cottonmouth — ☆ cottonmouth [kät′ nmouth΄ ] n. [from the whitish interior of its mouth] WATER MOCCASIN …   English World dictionary

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  • cottonmouth — (also cottonmouth moccasin) noun a large, dangerous semiaquatic pit viper of the south eastern US, which opens its mouth wide to display the white interior when threatening. [Agkistrodon piscivorus.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • cottonmouth — noun venomous semiaquatic snake of swamps in southern United States (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑water moccasin, ↑cottonmouth moccasin, ↑Agkistrodon piscivorus • Hypernyms: ↑pit viper • Member Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • cottonmouth — noun Etymology: from the white interior of its mouth Date: 1832 water moccasin …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cottonmouth — /kot n mowth /, n., pl. cottonmouths / mowths , mowdhz /. a venomous snake, Agkistrodon (Ancistrodon) piscivorus, of swamps in southeastern U.S., that grows to about 4 ft. (1.2 m). Also called water moccasin. [1825 35, Amer.; COTTON + MOUTH, so… …   Universalium

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