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A small, variably colored rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus) of North America, often found in moist areas.
[After the Mississagi, a river of southeast Ontario, Canada.]
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(Animals) a North American venomous snake, Sistrurus catenatus, that has a horny rattle at the end of the tail: family Crotalidae (pit vipers)
[C19: named after the Missisauga River, Ontario, Canada, where it was first found]
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mas•sa•sau•ga(ˌmæs əˈsɔ gə)
n., pl. -gas.
a small rattlesnake, Sistrurus catenatus, found from the Great Lakes to the Mexican border.
[1830–40; irreg. after the Missisauga River, Ontario, Canada]
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|Noun||1.||massasauga - small pygmy rattlesnake|
|2.||massasauga - pygmy rattlesnake found in moist areas from the Great Lakes to Mexico; feeds on mice and small amphibians|
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