Definition of massasauga in English:

massasauga

Syllabification: mas·sa·sau·ga
Pronunciation: /ˌmasəˈsôgə
 
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noun

  • A small North American rattlesnake of variable color that favors damp habitats.
    • Sistrurus catenatus, family Viperidae
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    • They may be preyed upon by larger animals, such as large owls, coyotes, or large snakes, such as eastern massasauga rattlesnakes.
    • Some wildlife enthusiasts are worried about the possible disappearance of the massasauga, the only poisonous snake in the state.
    • Behind glass, loll the snakes: timber rattlers, pygmy rattlers, desert massasauga rattlers, and most of the other 32 rattlesnake species known to inhabit the United States.

Origin

mid 19th century: formed irregularly from Mississauga.

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