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[mahm-bah] /ˈmɑm bɑ/
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A person will die in 20 to 30 minutes after being bitten by a mamba.

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

    The Fugitives R.M. Ballantyne
  • After recovering the first shock, mamba turned quickly and pointed to his three comrades in suffering.

    The Fugitives R.M. Ballantyne
  • But mamba did not leap at this gift as might have been expected.

    The Fugitives R.M. Ballantyne
  • A snake of the mamba species, which grows to a considerable size, very scarce, and with a proportionately bad reputation.

    Forging the Blades Bertram Mitford
  • Did not mamba tell you why he has undertaken so long a journey?

    The Fugitives R.M. Ballantyne
  • This precautionary measure must 88 be gone through within a couple of minutes or one will fall a victim to the mamba's fangs.

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

    The Fugitives R.M. Ballantyne
  • It was dark when mamba arrived, and rather late; but he was too anxious to transact his “business” to wait till morning.

    The Fugitives R.M. Ballantyne
  • For to mamba Sasa that profession was the proudest to which a black man could aspire.

    The Land of Footprints Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for mamba


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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
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