from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the massasauga.
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- n. widely distributed between the Mississippi and the Rockies
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The brown mottling was just similar enough to the color pattern of a prairie rattlesnake to get Nerodia harteri paucimaculata persecuted by hysterical snake-loathing people, and no one could say how many Concho water snakes had been killed with tire irons and irrigating shovels under the animus of mistaken identity.