Part of speech: noun

A venomous American snake, having loose bony rings on the tail, that rattle when shaken.

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Usage examples "rattlesnake":

  1. The older people knew the sound: it was that of an angry rattlesnake out of doors shaking his rattle. - "Jimmy, Lucy, and All", Sophie May.
  2. But the moon created the rattlesnake and caused it to bite the coyote’ s son, so that he died. - "A further contribution to the study of the mortuary customs of the North American Indians First Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, 1879-80, Government Printing Office, Washington, 1881, pages 87-204", H. C. Yarrow.
  3. Doctor Holmes amused himself with a rattlesnake. - "The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne", Frank Preston Stearns.