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common name for a rattlesnakerattlesnake,
poisonous New World snake of the pit viper family, distinguished by a rattle at the end of the tail. The head is triangular, being widened at the base. The rattle is a series of dried, hollow segments of skin, which, when shaken, make a whirring sound.
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, Crotalus cerastes, found in the deserts of the SW United States. This 2-ft (60-cm), pale yellow and pink snake is named for its curious method of locomotion. It throws out successive loops at oblique angles, which gives it the appearance of moving sideways. This mode of progression, also evolved by certain African desert snakes, enables it to move over sand, which offers little traction. The sidewinder has prominent, erect scales above its eyes and is sometimes known as the horned rattlesnake. During the heat of the day it lies half buried in the sand; it hunts small animals in the evening. The sidewinder is classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Reptilia, order Squamata, family Crotalidae.


A Navy air-to-air missile having infrared homing guidance and a speed of over Mach 2; when launched from an airplane, the missile seeks and hits an enemy bomber or fighter target by homing on the heat emitted by the target.
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Secure Computing's Sidewinder firewall, due to its underlying security design, its application proxy architecture, and its bundled secure operating system, SecureOS(TM), is a textbook example of the combined mechanisms necessary to protect remote access to Citrix servers," said Charles Kolodgy, research manager, Internet Security Software at IDC.
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