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mamba

[mahm-bah] /ˈmɑm bɑ/
noun
1.
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
1860-1865
1860-65; < Nguni; compare Zulu imamba, izimamba
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  • “You cannot help me,” returned mamba, in a somewhat sad tone.

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  • “Well indeed,” said mamba once again, falsely but ceremonially.

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  • I am assured that you are a Christian, mamba,” he said, “as well as many of your kindred.

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  • But mamba did not leap at this gift as might have been expected.

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  • Then, uttering expressions of fervent gratitude, mamba left the house.

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  • Did not mamba tell you why he has undertaken so long a journey?

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  • Then his plan to effect the rescue of mamba was gradually matured.

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  • mamba dropped the pick and grasped the strong hand, but did not look up.

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  • Of course Mark said this in remarkably bad Malagasy, but mamba understood.

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  • A person will die in 20 to 30 minutes after being bitten by a mamba.

British Dictionary definitions for mamba

mamba

/ˈmæmbə/
noun
1.
any aggressive partly arboreal tropical African venomous elapid snake of the genus Dendroaspis, esp D. angusticeps (green and black mambas)
Word Origin
from Zulu im-amba
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Word Origin and History for mamba
n.

large venomous African snake, 1862, from Zulu (i)mamba or Swahili mamba.

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