from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of poisonous serpents, including the rattlesnakes.

from The 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.

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

  • n. large rattlesnakes; seldom bite unless startled or pursuing prey


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