mamba

[mahm-bah]
noun
  1. 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
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Examples from the Web for mamba

Historical Examples of mamba

  • “You cannot help me,” returned Mamba, in a somewhat sad tone.

    The Fugitives

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • Then, uttering expressions of fervent gratitude, Mamba left the house.

    The Fugitives

    R.M. Ballantyne

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

    The Fugitives

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • “Well indeed,” said Mamba once again, falsely but ceremonially.

    The Fugitives

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • But Mamba did not leap at this gift as might have been expected.

    The Fugitives

    R.M. Ballantyne


British Dictionary definitions for mamba

mamba

noun
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for mamba
n.

large venomous African snake, 1862, from Zulu (i)mamba or Swahili mamba.

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