copperhead

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n copperhead venomous but sluggish reddish-brown snake of Australia
    • n copperhead common coppery brown pit viper of upland eastern United States
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The poisonous copperhead smells like fresh cut cucumbers.
    • Copperhead A nickname applied to a person in the Northern States who sympathized with the South during the Civil War.
    • Copperhead (Zoöl) A poisonous American serpent (Ancistrodon conotortrix), closely allied to the rattlesnake, but without rattles; -- called also copper-belly, and red viper.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n copperhead A common venomous serpent of the United States, Trigonocephalus or Ancistrodon contortrix. It is of rather small size, generally under two feet in length, and of a dull pale-chestnut or hazel color with numerous (15-25) inverted, Y-shaped, dark blotches. The ground color is brighter-reddish on the head, the sides of which present a cream-colored streak. It belongs to the same genus as the water-moccasin (T. piscivorus), but is not aquatic. Unlike the rattlesnake, the copperhead has the habit of striking without previous movement or warning, whence its name is a synonym of hidden danger or secret hostility. Also called copperbell and red viper.
    • n copperhead Hence During the civil war in the United States, a northern sympathizer with the rebellion: so called by the Unionists.
    • n copperhead A term of ridicule or contempt applied to the early Dutch colonists of New York.
    • n copperhead A private token, equal to one cent, struck in the United States during the Civil War.
    • n copperhead In ornithology, the yellow-headed blackbird, Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus. of the western United States: so called from the reddish-yellow color of its head.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From its color

Usage

In literature:

I was surprised at the great number of "Copperheads" we met in crossing Ohio.
"Between the Lines" by Henry Bascom Smith
The copperhead is one of the same sort.
"Down South" by Oliver Optic
They were strong in favor of the administration and bitter against the copperheads.
"History of the Eighty-sixth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, during its term of service" by John R. Kinnear
A copperhead, I think.
"When Grandmamma Was New" by Marion Harland
Examples: "Snake, Copperhead;" "Spider, Tarantula;" "Horse, Dray horse," etc.
"Assimilative Memory" by Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
He was a copperhead and a firebrand.
"In Connection with the De Willoughby Claim" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
He called the attention of the house to the "copperhead Democracy," which the gentleman of the opposition was preaching.
"A Spoil of Office" by Hamlin Garland
Between the verses the leader would curse the Iowa Senator as a traitor and copperhead.
"The Clansman" by Thomas Dixon
And this is the real theory of the defeated Rebels and Copperheads who formed the great mass of the delegates to the Johnson Convention.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 109, November, 1866" by Various
There is here a strong secession element; copperheads abound; the sky looks dark and threatening; but Gov.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume II"
I think he must have done it to please Mr. Copperhead; for, Mrs. Hurst, you know Mr. Copperhead is very important.
"Phoebe, Junior" by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
In some respects the Copperheads are right.
"Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863" by Adam Gurowski
I am goaded to these remarks by the strictures of the Copperhead press, but I make them in no spirit of boasting.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 86, December, 1864" by Various
The manly, good, old-fashioned Democrats, at least, are above this, and are rapidly dividing from the copperheads.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. III, No IV, April 1863" by Various
I hate bills as if they were copperheads; they are things I never will forgive.
"Phemie Frost's Experiences" by Ann S. Stephens
But a copperhead loves a fat army contract.
"In The Ranks" by R. E. McBride
The only venomous snakes in the mountains are rattlers and copperheads, the former common, the latter rare.
"Our Southern Highlanders" by Horace Kephart
Copperhead's gittin' sassy agin.
"Si Klegg, Book 6 (of 6) Si And Shorty, With Their Boy Recruits, Enter On The Atlanta Campaign" by John McElroy
In the Western states early in 1863 the terms "Copperhead" and "Democrat" had become practically synonymous.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 3" by Various
We were kinder in that instance to Union people among us than the Yankees sometimes were to "copperhead traitors" at the North.
"Old Times in Dixie Land" by Caroline E. Merrick
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In poetry:

And who will be the hiss and scorn
Of generations yet unborn,
Hated, despised, disgraced, forlorn?
The Copperheads.
"The Copperheads" by Anonymous Americas
Who hate a freedom-loving press,
The truth, and all who it profess,
Who don't believe in our success?
The Copperheads.
"The Copperheads" by Anonymous Americas
Who swear by bondage, and would see
Rather their country lost than free,
Who dread the name of Liberty?
The Copperheads.
"The Copperheads" by Anonymous Americas
Who are the men that clamor most
Against the war, its cause and cost,
And who Jeff Davis sometimes toast?
The Copperheads.
"The Copperheads" by Anonymous Americas
And who, when Right has won the day,
Will take their slimy selves away,
And in their dirty holes will stay?
The Copperheads.
"The Copperheads" by Anonymous Americas
Who, when by wretched whiskey tight,
Hiss out in rage their venomed spite,
Who crawl and sting, but never fight?
The Copperheads.
"The Copperheads" by Anonymous Americas

In news:

Jasuha Trujelo, Copperheads vs Rudy Favello, Cutting Edge vs Julian Moreno, Fighting Monks vs Luis Carasco, Fighting Monks vs Charlie Mata's Advocates of Boxing gym is hosting a 20- bout amateur show Saturday.
Munching and Lunching on the Set of Copperhead.
Swimming is not allowed at the preserve or nearby Copperhead Island.
Ron Maxwell's 'Copperhead' Evokes Past and Present Cost of War.
Telecast Fiber Systems will show its CopperHead INF camera-mounted fiber-optic transceiver for the Thomson Grass Valley Infinity camcorder at NAB.
City Lit Theater goes historical with 'The Copperhead '.
'The Copperhead ,' at City Lit Theater in Edgewater, runs through May 15th.
Years ago, after a few way-too-close encounters with copperhead snakes, I developed a phobia.
In the Smokies region we have two poisonous species: timber rattlesnakes and copperheads.
Gardeners, be careful: Copperheads and their ilk are more prevalent this year.
With the CopperHead DV400, ENG crews can create SDI signals directly from Sony IMX, SX and Digital Betacam cameras, and link those cameras to digital microwave and satellite trucks via tactical fiber optic cable.
With the CopperHead DV400, ENG crews can create SDI signals directly from Sony IMX, SX and DigiBeta cameras, and link those cameras to digital microwave and satellite trucks via tactical fiber optic cable.
The Boom Bang with Copperheads and the Purple Church 9 pm Saturday Opolis, 113 N Crawford, Norman Opolis.org, 820-0951 $7.
0Recent votes by the county board denied the Copperhead Tavern the right to have video gambling machines.
The Bomb Squad swept a pair of seven inning games from the Copperheads 2-to-0, and 1-to-0.
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