- any of several long, slender, arboreal snakes of the genus Dendroaspis, of central and southern Africa, the bite of which is often fatal.
Origin of mamba
1860–65; < Nguni; compare Zulu imamba, izimamba
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Examples from the Web for mamba
Mamba dropped the pick and grasped the strong hand, but did not look up.
“You cannot help me,” returned Mamba, in a somewhat sad tone.
Then, uttering expressions of fervent gratitude, Mamba left the house.
I am assured that you are a Christian, Mamba,” he said, “as well as many of your kindred.
“Well indeed,” said Mamba once again, falsely but ceremonially.
- any aggressive partly arboreal tropical African venomous elapid snake of the genus Dendroaspis, esp D. angusticeps (green and black mambas)
from Zulu im-amba
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Word Origin and History for mamba
large venomous African snake, 1862, from Zulu (i)mamba or Swahili mamba.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper