- 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
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Historical Examples of mamba
“You cannot help me,” returned Mamba, in a somewhat sad tone.
Then, uttering expressions of fervent gratitude, Mamba left the house.
I am assured that you are a Christian, Mamba,” he said, “as well as many of your kindred.
“Well indeed,” said Mamba once again, falsely but ceremonially.
But Mamba did not leap at this gift as might have been expected.
- any aggressive partly arboreal tropical African venomous elapid snake of the genus Dendroaspis, esp D. angusticeps (green and black mambas)
Word Origin for mamba
large venomous African snake, 1862, from Zulu (i)mamba or Swahili mamba.