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Possibly from the Mississagi River in Ontario, Canada, from French Mississague, Missisague (also Oumisagai, Michisaguek), from Ojibwe misiza:gi: (“inhabitant of the great river mouth, that is, the Mississagi River”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌmasəˈsɔːɡə/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˌmæsəˈsɔɡə/, /-ˈsɑ-/
- Hyphenation: mas‧sa‧sau‧ga
massasauga (plural massasaugas)
- The rattlesnake Crotalus catenatus or Sistrurus catenatus in the family Viperidae, found in three subspecies.
1895, Leonhard [Hess] Stejneger, “The Massasauga. Sistrurus catenatus, (Rafinesque).”, in The Poisonous Snakes of North America. [...] From the Report of the U.S. National Museum for 1893, pages 337–487. With plates 1–19, and figures 1–70, Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, OCLC 3419731, page 414:
- The Massasauga is emphatically a species of the prairies and their swamps and marshes.
2010, John E. Werler; James R[ay] Dixon, “Western Massasauga”, in Texas Snakes: Identification, Distribution, and Natural History, Austin, Tx.: University of Texas Press, ISBN 978-0-292-79130-5, page 407, column 1:
- According to the zoologist, the massasaugas were found abroad from mid-April to late October, chiefly during the daylight hours and for an average 197 days annually during the study period.