- any of several highly venomous, Old World elapid snakes of the genera Naja and Ophiophagus, characterized by the ability to flatten the neck into a hoodlike form when disturbed.
- any of several similar, related African snakes, as the ringhals.
- leather made from the skin of a cobra.
- (initial capital letter) Military. a single-engine, two-seat U.S. Army attack helicopter armed with missiles, rockets, and a 20mm cannon and in service since 1977.
Origin of cobra1
- head; skull.
Origin of cobra2
Examples from the Web for cobra
Contemporary Examples of cobra
Miraculously, and thanks to three hundred Marines and Cobra attack helicopters, the convoy made it to Kirkuk.We Abandoned Them: Kirk Johnson’s Fight to Save Iraqis
John Kael Weston
September 14, 2013
Her husband, Major John Ruocco USMC was a decorated Cobra pilot and died by suicide on February 7, 2005.The Hero Summit Speakers List
November 14, 2012
Her COBRA benefits have run out, leaving her without coverage.How Would Health Care Affect You?
December 22, 2009
Historical Examples of cobra
It was beautifully tattooed in red and blue, like the scales of a cobra.Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective
Ellis Parker Butler
It was a cobra capella had bitten him in the calf of the leg.Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
If you are only a sweeper, be glad that you were not born a pig or a cobra.Where Half The World Is Waking Up
Now neither the Cobra nor the Cerastes is actually a water serpent.The Evolution of the Dragon
G. Elliot Smith
They will not touch or kill a cobra, and do not swear by it.
- any highly venomous elapid snake of the genus Naja, such as N. naja (Indian cobra), of tropical Africa and Asia. When alarmed they spread the skin of the neck region into a hood
- any related snake, such as the king cobra
Word Origin for cobra
- (in the UK) Cabinet Office Briefing Room A: the civil contingencies committee that leads the UK's responses to crises such as terrorist attacks and epidemics
1802, short for cobra capello (1670s), from Portuguese cobra de capello "serpent (of the hood)," from Latin colubra "a snake, female serpent" (source of French couleuvre "adder"), of uncertain origin. So called for the expandable loose skin about its neck. The word came to English via Portuguese colonies in India, where the native name is nag (see naga).