Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The typical genus of rattlesnakes of the subfamily Crotalinæ, having most of the top of the head covered with scales like those of the back, a well-developed rattle, and the scutes under the tail (subcaudal) entire. It contains the largest rattlers, as C. durissus, the banded rattlesnake, and C. adamanteus, the diamond rattlesnake, two species found in eastern parts of the United States; C. confluentus, the commonest and most widely distributed rattler of the western parts of the United States; C. molossus, the black rattlesnake; C. pyrrhus, the rare red rattlesnake; and others. Also sometimes called
Caudisona; in this case the name Crotalus is transferred to the genus otherwise called Crotalophorus. See also cut under rattlesnake.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A genus of poisonous serpents, including the rattlesnakes.
- n. large rattlesnakes; seldom bite unless startled or pursuing prey
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“And in truth, the noise of the crotalus can be shiver-inducing.”
“For anybody who's curious about what the crotalus sounds like - it's a wooden rattle-like implement used only once during the liturgical year, at the consecration of the elements on Maundy Thursday, in place of Sanctus bells - you can hear at the St. Thomas streaming audio page.”
“I posted about this once before, and at that time offered an image of a crotalus:”
“Today, the cerastes survives as a genus of small, venomous vipers, like this crazy-ass Sidewinder Desert Viper, AKA the crotalus cerastes.”
“EDIT: No crotalus here, but you can watch and listen to the liturgy of Maundy Thursday at Trinity Church in New York here.”
“They move; uncoil themselves, and join the _crotalus_; suddenly the room seems alive with the venomous creatures.”
“The fumes of the charcoal begin to affect me, my head grows hot; the pulse beats quicker; I fancy I hear strange noises; I think there are animals moving on the stone pavement; the fitful flame discloses a shining object, whose sinuous and gliding movements betrays the presence of the dreaded _crotalus_; it approaches my bed; its bead-like eyes glittering with a baleful light.”
“He is blowing the wind from his mouth; he has the eagle in his head-dress, the jaw with grinders, the peculiar eye, the four TLALOC dots over his ear and on it, the snake between his legs, curved in the form of a yoke (this is known to be a serpent by the conventional crotalus signs of jaw and rattles on it in nine places), the four TLALOC dots again in his head-dress, etc.”
Studies in Central American Picture-Writing First Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1879-80, Government Printing Office, Washington, 1881, pages 205-245
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