Definition of moccasin in English:


Syllabification: moc·ca·sin
Pronunciation: /ˈmäkəsən


  • 1A soft leather slipper or shoe, strictly one without a separate heel, having the sole turned up on all sides and sewn to the upper in a simple gathered seam, in a style originating among North American Indians.
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    • Soft or hard sole slippers, moccasins, slip-ons or mules - these are just a few of the appealing styles you can find.
    • I inhaled Indian myths, and I crept through the woods near our house, re-enacting these myths, and wishing, wishing, for a pair of soft leather moccasins.
    • She stepped forward, her soft leather moccasins making hardly a sound on the great white floor.
  • 2A venomous American pit viper.
    • Genus Agkistrodon, family Viperidae: several species, in particular the water moccasin (see cottonmouth) and the highland moccasin (see copperhead.)
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    • However, the most common snake misidentification that occurs is between the Water Moccasin (Cottonmouth) and virtually any snake found in or near the water.
    • Water moccasins bask on land, or on logs and stumps near water surface.


early 17th century: from Virginia Algonquian mockasin. The word is also found in other American Indian languages.

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