Definition of diamondback in English:


Syllabification: dia·mond·back
Pronunciation: /ˈdī(ə)məndˌbak


North American
  • 1 (also diamondback rattlesnake) A large, common North American rattlesnake with diamond-shaped markings. Also called diamond rattlesnake.
    • Genus Crotalus, family Viperidae: two species
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    • At 35 deg C, not atypical of a sunny, summer day in the southwestern U.S. deserts, the western diamondback rattlesnake, Crotalus atrox, shakes its rattle at frequencies up to 90 Hz.
    • It's a showdown between two of the world's most dangerous desert hunters: a red-tailed hawk and a diamondback rattlesnake.
    • I was asked to pick up a western diamondback rattlesnake bare-handed.
  • 2 another term for terrapin ( sense 1).
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    • The periwinkle in turn is preyed upon by blue crabs and diamondback terrapins.
    • Volunteers found 21 diamondback terrapins in abandoned crab traps pulled from the edge of the bay.
    • This suggests that all could provide food for diamondback terrapins.

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