moccasin

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moccasin

 [mok´ah-sin]
any of several species of snakes of the genus Agkistrodon.
highland moccasin copperhead.
water moccasin Agkistrodon piscivorus, a venomous semiaquatic pit viper with an olive or brown back, found in the southern United States. Called also cottonmouth.
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I like to use the analogy of oneness that I see between Neil Armstrong's boot smiting into the dust of the moon and the moccasined foot of a man like John Colter smiting into the snow as he entered Yellowstone River Valley for the first time" (quoted in Hait 16).
My back was toward the door, and besides this, the March winds from the plains rattled the window sashes so noisily that I did not hear the women's moccasined feet until they were by my side.