king cobra

  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.

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Origin of king cobra

First recorded in 1890–95

Words Nearby king cobra Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use king cobra in a sentence

  • What says king cobra, then—Cobra and the others—crawling destroyers?

    The Sa'-Zada Tales | William Alexander Fraser
  • As well as he could judge the king-cobra was more than seventeen feet long.

    The Elephant God | Gordon Casserly

British Dictionary definitions for king cobra

king cobra

  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 alarmed: Also called: hamadryad

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