Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) A genus of poisonous serpents, including the rattlesnakes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun large rattlesnakes; seldom bite unless startled or pursuing prey

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Yes | No | Report from crotalus wrote 26 weeks 4 days ago

    Snake Hoaxes and "Manly" Photos

  • This is a plug for Red Rock Biologics crotalus snake vaccine, about $15.00 at your friendly vets ofice.

    Turkey Season Recap

  • Yes | No | Report from crotalus wrote 26 weeks 4 days ago

    Snake Hoaxes and "Manly" Photos

  • This is a plug for Red Rock Biologics crotalus snake vaccine, about $15.00 at your friendly vets ofice.

    Turkey Season Recap

  • And in truth, the noise of the crotalus can be shiver-inducing.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • 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.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • I posted about this once before, and at that time offered an image of a crotalus:

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • Today, the cerastes survives as a genus of small, venomous vipers, like this crazy-ass Sidewinder Desert Viper, AKA the crotalus cerastes.

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • EDIT: No crotalus here, but you can watch and listen to the liturgy of Maundy Thursday at Trinity Church in New York here.

    Maundy Thursday

  • EDIT: No crotalus here, but you can watch and listen to the liturgy of Maundy Thursday at Trinity Church in New York here.

    Archive 2008-03-01

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  • Oi qms, needs a limerick!

    March 9, 2016

  • I see that bilby is, as ever, at the cutting edge of current events. He must have read about the plan here in The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to populate an island in the middle of the Quabbin reservoir with 150 timber rattlers.

    You can read about it here.

    Ma Nature's benign in The Commonwealth,

    Protecting our safety and health:

    No pythons to throttle us

    And the venomous crotalus

    Politely declines to use stealth.

    March 9, 2016

  • Perfect.

    March 9, 2016

  • Although reluctant to reveal too much about a stealth mission, the bilby is in fact currently in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

    March 9, 2016

  • Aha! That accounts for the Tassie-style weather we're having.

    March 9, 2016

  • Always bring the weather with you, that's what I say.

    March 10, 2016