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king cobra

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noun
  1. a cobra, Ophiophagus hannah, of southeastern Asia and the East Indies, that grows to a length of more than 15 feet (5 meters): the largest of the venomous snakes.

Origin of king cobra

First recorded in 1890–95
Also called hamadryad.
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Examples from the Web for king cobra

Historical Examples

  • I kept its skin as a companion to the king-cobra we had killed in Buxa.

    Life in an Indian Outpost

    Gordon Casserly

  • As well as he could judge the king-cobra was more than seventeen feet long.

    The Elephant God

    Gordon Casserly

  • For the thing that glinted softly was a golden bracelet with the figure of a king-cobra wrought in heavy relief upon it.

    Caravans By Night

    Harry Hervey


British Dictionary definitions for king cobra

king cobra

noun
  1. a very large venomous tropical Asian elapid snake, Ophiophagus hannah, that feeds on snakes and other reptiles and extends its neck into a hood when alarmedAlso called: hamadryad
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