[ 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for mamba

/ (ˈmæmbə) /


any aggressive partly arboreal tropical African venomous elapid snake of the genus Dendroaspis, esp D. angusticeps (green and black mambas)

Word Origin for mamba

from Zulu im-amba
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