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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Historical Examples of mamba
“You cannot help me,” returned Mamba, in a somewhat sad tone.
“Well indeed,” said Mamba once again, falsely but ceremonially.
I am assured that you are a Christian, Mamba,” he said, “as well as many of your kindred.
But Mamba did not leap at this gift as might have been expected.
Then, uttering expressions of fervent gratitude, Mamba left the house.
British Dictionary definitions for mamba
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
large venomous African snake, 1862, from Zulu (i)mamba or Swahili mamba.
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