from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A soft leather slipper traditionally worn by certain Native American peoples.
- noun Footwear resembling such a slipper.
- noun A water moccasin.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A venomous serpent of the United States.
- noun A shoe or cover for the feet, made of deerskin or other soft leather, without a stiff sole, and usually ornamented on the upper side: the shoe customarily worn by the American Indians.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A shoe made of deerskin, or other soft leather, the sole and upper part being one piece. It is the customary shoe worn by the American Indians.
- noun (Zoöl.) A poisonous snake of the Southern United States. The water moccasin (
Ancistrodon piscivorussyn. Agkistrodon piscivorus, also called cottonmouthand cottonmouth water moccasin) is usually found in or near water. Above, it is olive brown, barred with black; beneath, it is brownish yellow, mottled with darker. The upland moccasin is Ancistrodon atrofuscus. They resemble rattlesnakes, but are without rattles.
- noun (Bot.) a species of lady's slipper (
Cypripedium acaule) found in North America. The lower petal is two inches long, and forms a rose-colored moccasin-shaped pouch. It grows in rich woods under coniferous trees.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A kind of shoe with low heels, with the top sides stitched upwards.
- noun A Native North American shoe made of
- noun A light beige colour, like that of a moccasin.
- noun Any of several North American
snakesof the genus Agkistrodon.
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- noun soft leather shoe; originally worn by Native Americans
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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"I sent a letter out privately to be passed along by the Indians -- what they call moccasin telegraph."
I'm guessing that a subdued water moccasin is the best kind of water moccasin.
The Arapahos and Cheyennes use a "shoe" moccasin, that is, one which reaches no higher than the instep, and wants the upper sideflaps which moccasins usually have.
The moccasin was a little too short -- just a little.
At the same moment a large water-snake, of the kind known as a moccasin, glided away, and disappeared beneath the slimy bank.
The most common of the group, the _C. acaule_, most widely known as the moccasin-flower, whose large, nodding, pale crimson blooms we so irresistibly associate with the cool hemlock woods, will afford a good illustration.
The moccasin was a dangerous fellow, and he didn't want to run any risks with him.
If ever I saw the print of a moccasin, that is one.
THERE is another snake in Carolina and Florida called the moccasin, very different from this, which is a very beautiful creature, and I believe not of a distructive or vindictive nature; these when grown to their greatest size are about five feet in length, and near as thick as a man's arm; their skin scaly but smooth and shining, of a pale grey and sky colour ground, uniformly marked with transverse undulatory ringlets or blotches of a deep nut brown, edged with red or bright Spanish brown; they appear innocent, very active and swift, endeavouring to escape from one; they have no poisonous fangs.
Travels Through North & South Carolina, Georgia, East & West Florida, the Cherokee Country, the Extensive Territories of the Muscogulges, or Creek Confederacy, and the Country of the Chactaws; Containing An Account of the Soil and Natural Productions of Those Regions, Together with Observations on the Manners of the Indians.
It was a cottonmouth water moccasin which is one of the top five “Most Poisonous” snakes in Florida.