Definitions for cobraˈkoʊ brə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

co•braˈkoʊ brə(n.)(pl.)-bras.

  1. any venomous Old World elapid snake of the genera Naja and Ophiophagus, characterized by the ability to flatten the neck into a hood.

    Category: Reptiles and Amphibians

  2. any of several related African snakes.

    Category: Reptiles and Amphibians

Origin of cobra:

1810–20; short for Pg cobra de capello hooded snake; cobra < L colubra snake

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cobra(noun)

    venomous Asiatic and African elapid snakes that can expand the skin of the neck into a hood

Wiktionary

  1. cobra(Noun)

    Any of various venomous snakes of the family Elapidae.

  2. Origin: From cobra, from colubra.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cobra(noun)

    see Copra

  2. Cobra(noun)

    the cobra de capello

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Cobra

    A genus of poisonous snakes of the subfamily Elapinae of the family ELAPIDAE. There are six recognized species, all inhabiting Africa except the Asiatic (Indian) cobra, Naja naja. Some species "spit" their venom into the eyes of their "enemies". So-called spitting cobras show a high degree of accuracy in aiming for the eyes. The ringhals, the most highly specialized of the spitting cobras, is limited to southern Africa. Its spray destroys eye tissue and can cause blindness; its bite can cause death. (Moore: Poisonous Snakes of the World, 1980, p80)


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

cobra(noun)

a poisonous snake found in India and Africa.

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