mamba

[ mahm-bah ]
/ ˈmɑm bɑ /
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noun

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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mamba

/ (ˈmæmbə) /

noun

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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mamba


n.

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

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