Meaning of copperhead in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkɒpəhɛd/

See synonyms for copperhead on

Translate copperhead into Spanish


  • Any of a number of stout-bodied venomous snakes with coppery-pink or reddish-brown coloration.

    a North American pit viper (Agkistrodon contortrix, family Viperidae). Also called
    highland moccasin
    an Australian snake of the cobra family (genus Austrelaps, family Elapidae, in particular A. superbus).

    ‘Dogs bitten by any of Texas' dangerous snakes, including rattlesnakes, cottonmouths, copperheads and coral snakes, often suffer unnecessarily.’
    • ‘The copperhead, a venomous snake, is dangerous, but its bite is rarely life-threatening to healthy adult humans.’
    • ‘In the United States, about 8,000 people a year are bitten by rattlers or their cousins in the pit viper subfamily, which includes copperheads and water moccasins.’
    • ‘Through my binoculars, I saw the heat-sensing facial pit between the eye and nostril, which identifies the copperhead as a pit viper.’
    • ‘Join us each day for stories about serpents, from flying snakes to Vietnamese cobras and North American copperheads.’
    • ‘It was diverse dialogue - me with stories about water moccasins, copperheads, and alligators, and Bobby describing the land of no snakes whatsoever.’
    • ‘They call it Snake Road, a gravel lane through southern Illinois' Shawnee National Forest, where each spring and fall automobile traffic is prohibited to ensure the safe passage of timber rattlers, water moccasins, and copperheads.’
    • ‘The guineas have had to contend with a lot of copperheads and a few garter snakes, which average 8-to 10-inches long.’
    • ‘This is the only product that can neutralize toxins from rattlesnakes, cottonmouths, and copperheads.’
    • ‘Water moccasins and copperheads are plentiful (as in ‘about everywhere’) in the sorts of places I spend my free time and during the course of the last several decades I have had quite a few unpleasant encounters with the little monsters.’
    • ‘He had been raised by humans since birth, so he wasn't trained in basic chimpanzee survival skills or accustomed to the wilds of Oklahoma, where water moccasins and copperheads abounded.’
    • ‘The writer cited instances of guineas eating pests like grasshoppers and ticks, along with incidents of guineas killing poisonous copperheads and other snakes.’
    • ‘I heard you used to grab rattlesnakes and copperheads by the tail and snap them like a whip to break their necks.’
    • ‘Ooze into the shadows and try not to sit on a copperhead snake or a bed of fire ants.’
    • ‘There were water snakes in the bottomland, rattlesnakes wedged between the rocks of wooden areas, and copperheads all over the place - especially in the shade under bushes and tobacco plants.’
    • ‘Frankly, my only concern was that the resident copperhead (don't ask; I've been sworn to secrecy) got out alive.’
    • ‘In the past 14 months on the job he has had more than a few run-ins with deadly snakes, including having a copperhead curl up near his bare feet in his small apartment in the ranch's horse barn.’
    • ‘Bites from copperhead snakes, which are common in the eastern United States, seldom require antivenin therapy because they have the least potent venom and a negligible fatality rate.’
    • ‘After college, he spent a year in the domestic peace corps in Delaware, where he often visited Philadelphia, and West Virginia, where he tried to avoid stepping on copperhead snakes.’
    • ‘We said we did not and he informed us the dead snake was a decidedly poisonous copperhead, a creature apparently known to travel in pairs.’