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A massasauga (Sistrurus catenatus) in Saint Louis Zoo, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Possibly from the Mississagi River (Ontario, Canada), from French Mississague, Missisague (also Oumisagai, Michisaguek), from Ojibwe misiza:gi: (inhabitant of the great river mouth, that is, the Mississagi River).

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massasauga (plural massasaugas)

  1. The rattlesnake Sistrurus catenatus (formerly Crotalinus catenatus) in the family Viperidae, found in three subspecies.

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