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copperhead Line breaks: copper|head
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒpəhɛd/

Definition of copperhead in English:

noun

Any of a number of stout-bodied venomous snakes with coppery-pink or reddish-brown coloration, in particular:
  • A North American pit viper (Agkistrodon contortrix, family Viperidae). Also called highland moccasinAn Australian snake of the cobra family (genus Austrelaps, family Elapidae, in particular A. superbus).
Example sentences
  • Dogs bitten by any of Texas' dangerous snakes, including rattlesnakes, cottonmouths, copperheads and coral snakes, often suffer unnecessarily.
  • The copperhead, a venomous snake, is dangerous, but its bite is rarely life-threatening to healthy adult humans.
  • In the United States, about 8,000 people a year are bitten by rattlers or their cousins in the pit viper subfamily, which includes copperheads and water moccasins.

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