noun Etymology: Missisauga River, Ontario, Canada Date: 1835 a small North American rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus)

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  • Massasauga — Mas sa*sau ga, n. (Zo[ o]l.) The black rattlesnake ({Crotalus tergemina}, or {Caudisona tergemina}), found in the Mississippi Valley. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • massasauga — ☆ massasauga [mas΄ə sô′gə ] n. [< Mississauga, Ojibwa name of river and Indian people in Ontario] a small, gray or brownish rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus) found in swampy regions in the E and S U.S …   English World dictionary

  • massasauga — /mas euh saw geuh/, n. a small rattlesnake, Sistrurus catenatus, ranging from the Great Lakes to the Mexican border. [1830 40; irreg. after Missisauga River, Ontario, Canada] * * * ▪ reptile  small North American rattlesnake of the family… …   Universalium

  • massasauga — mas·sa·sau·ga .mas ə sȯg ə n a medium sized rattlesnake of the genus Sistrurus (S. catenatus) that has nine large scales on the head, grows to a length of about 18 to 39 inches (46 to 100 centimeters), and is distributed from southern Ontario… …   Medical dictionary

  • massasauga — noun The rattlesnake Crotalus catenatus or Sistrurus catenatus in the family Viperidae. It is found in three subspecies. Syn: black rattlesnake, Caudisona …   Wiktionary

  • massasauga — mas·sa·sau·ga …   English syllables

  • massasauga — mas•sa•sau•ga [[t]ˌmæs əˈsɔ gə[/t]] n. pl. gas ram a small rattlesnake, Sistrurus catenatus, found from the Great Lakes to the Mexican border • Etymology: 1830–40; irreg. after the Missisauga River, Ontario, Canada …   From formal English to slang

  • massasauga — /mæsəˈsɔgə/ (say masuh sawguh) noun a venomous rattlesnake, Sistrurus catenatus, of North America. {named after Missisauga River in Ontario, Canada, where it was first found} …   Australian English dictionary

  • massasauga — n. a small N. American rattlesnake, Sistrurus catenatus. Etymology: irreg. f. Missisauga River, Ontario …   Useful english dictionary

  • Massasauga rattlesnake — massasauga …   Medical dictionary

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