Water rattler

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Water rattler (Zoöl) The diamond rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus); -- so called from its preference for damp places near water.
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Usage

In literature:

That "Cyclone" was a rattler to go, and the sweetest thing to steer that ever walked the waters.
"Life On The Mississippi, Complete" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
The Rattler was at length tried in a water tournament with the paddle-steamer Alecto, and signally defeated her.
"Men of Invention and Industry" by Samuel Smiles
That "Cyclone" was a rattler to go, and the sweetest thing to steer that ever walked the waters.
"Life On The Mississippi, Part 5." by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
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