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noun

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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Also called hamadryad.

Origin of king cobra

First recorded in 1890–95
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king cobra

noun

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 alarmedAlso called: hamadryad
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