moc"ca*sin(?), n. [An Indian word. Algonquin makisin.]
(Zol.) A poisonous snake of the Southern United States. The water moccasin (Ancistrodon piscivorus syn. Agkistrodon piscivorus, also called
cottonmouth water moccasin) 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.
(Bot.), a species of lady's slipper (Cypripedium acaule) found in North America. The lower petal is two inches long, and forms a rose-colored moccasin-shaped pouch. It grows in rich woods under coniferous trees.
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