Meaning of massasauga in English:


Pronunciation /ˌmasəˈsɔːɡə/


  • A small North American rattlesnake of variable colour which favours damp habitats.

    Sistrurus catenatus, family Viperidae

    ‘They may be preyed upon by larger animals, such as large owls, coyotes, or large snakes, such as eastern massasauga rattlesnakes.’
    • ‘Some wildlife enthusiasts are worried about the possible disappearance of the massasauga, the only poisonous snake in the state.’
    • ‘Behind glass, loll the snakes: timber rattlers, pygmy rattlers, desert massasauga rattlers, and most of the other 32 rattlesnake species known to inhabit the United States.’
    • ‘Even though you may have never seen the eastern massasauga, if it were called "swamp rattler" you would get a very vivid picture of this animal.’
    • ‘The massasauga can be characterized as a shy, sluggish snake.’


Mid 19th century formed irregularly from Mississauga.