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1. A shoe made of deerskin, or other soft leather, the sole and upper part being one piece. It is the customary shoe worn by the American indians.

2. (Science: zoology) A poisonous snake of the southern united states. The water moccasin (Ancistrodon piscivorus) is usually found in or near water. Above, it is olive brown, barred with black; beneath, it is brownish yellow, mottled with darker. The upland moccasin is Ancistrodon atrofuscus. They resemble rattlesnakes, but are without rattles.

(Science: botany) Moccasin flower, a species of lady's slipper (Cypripedium acaule) found in North America. The lower petal is two inches long, and forms a rose-coloured moccasin-shaped pouch. It grows in rich woods under coniferous trees.

Origin: Sometimes written moccason.

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If a water moccasin counts, I had one. I went to the hospital and brought the snake with me. (I had killed it and wanted to be sure of its identity.) The dead snake caused a great deal of scare among hospital staff. The ankle where ...

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by sorrels
Tue Oct 24, 2006 4:10 pm
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Oh man!! NOw u have me scared. I just looked up cottonmouth snakes. I didnt know they were also called water moccasins!! I actually live VERY VERY close to a lake. SO thats not good!! I went to a site and wanted to show everyone what the snake I saw looked like. I'm not saying ...

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by jess
Fri Oct 14, 2005 3:48 am
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