AskDefine | Define rattler

Dictionary Definition



1 pit viper with horny segments at the end of the tail that rattle when shaken [syn: rattlesnake]
2 a railroad train consisting of freight cars [syn: freight train]

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  1. especially US A rattlesnake.


See rattlesnake

Extensive Definition

Rattler may refer to any of the following snakes:
  • Any member of the genus Crotalus, a.k.a. rattlesnakes, a group of venomous snakes found throughout the Americas
  • Agkistrodon piscivorus, a.k.a. the cottonmouth, a venomous snake also found in North America
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