diamond-backed love

Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the back marked with lozenge-shaped figures.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • A huge diamond-backed rattlesnake blocked the path, coiled and poised to strike, rattling at me like mad.

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  • Doubtless they had holes somewhere about the base of the mound and there might be a dozen big diamond-backed rattlers coiled up in that cave-like interior waiting for him to put his hand among them.

    People of the Dark

  • We took a peep at the diamond-backed dining-room, and when I saw the waiters refusing everything but certified checks in the way of a tip, I said to Peaches, "This is no place for us!"

    You Should Worry Says John Henry

  • After that, she led Bernice off to a dense thicket where she said she had something to show her and, to Bernice's horror, exhibited a huge diamond-backed rattlesnake, coiled as if asleep.

    The Mystery at Number Six

  • In the experiments on snake poisons he was conducting he had in confinement a six-foot diamond-backed Florida rattler.

    With Sabre and Scalpel. The Autobiography of a Soldier and Surgeon

  • The first impulse of Clanton had been to stamp out the life of this man just as he would that of a diamond-backed rattlesnake; but he meant to take his time about it and to see that the fellow suffered.

    A Man Four-Square

  • All the diamond-backed terrapins at fifty dollars a dozen which he might be invited to enjoy after that would do him no harm.

    T. De Witt Talmage As I Knew Him

  • The eastern diamond-backed rattlesnake's birthing moment was even more dramatic, as she suddenly produced 19 very healthy offspring consisting of 10 females and nine males.

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  • A diamond-backed water snake floats on a partly submerged branch, letting the sun bake him into wakefulness, when he'll slither off and hunt for perch in the shallows.

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  • Notice the chainlike pattern on the back of the diamond-backed water snake at top.

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