sidewinder

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A horned rattlesnake (Crotalus cerastes), a type of sidewinder, in Death Valley National Park, California, USA

Etymology[edit]

side +‎ winder, from the sideways, looping manner in which they move.

Noun[edit]

sidewinder (plural sidewinders)

  1. A North American rattlesnake, Crotalus cerastes, that inhabits lowland deserts.
  2. (slang) A person who is untrustworthy and dangerous.
  3. (slang, dated) A heavy swinging blow from the side which disables an adversary.
  4. (baseball, colloquial) A pitcher who throws sidearm.

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