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cobra

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noun co·bra \ˈkō-brə\

Simple Definition of cobra

  • : a very poisonous snake found in Asia and Africa

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of cobra

  1. :  any of several venomous Asian and African elapid snakes (genera Naja and Ophiophagus) that when excited expand the skin of the neck into a hood by movement of the anterior ribs; also :  any of several related African snakes

Origin and Etymology of cobra

Portuguese cobra (de capello), literally, hooded snake, from Latin colubra snake


First Known Use: 1802

Rhymes with cobra


COBRA Defined for Kids

cobra

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noun co·bra \ˈkō-brə\

Definition of cobra for Students

  1. :  a very poisonous snake of Asia and Africa that puffs out the skin around its neck into a hood when threatened




Medical Dictionary

cobra

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noun co·bra \ˈkō-brə\

Medical Definition of cobra

  1. 1:  any of several very venomous Asian and African elapid snakes of the genera Naja and Ophiophagus that when excited expand the skin of the neck into a broad hood by movement of the anterior ribs—see indian cobra, king cobra

  2. 2:  either of two African snakes that spit their venom from a distance:a:  black-necked cobrab:  ringhals

  3. 3:  mamba




Law Dictionary

COBRA

abbreviation co·bra \ˈkō-brə\

Legal Definition of COBRA

  1. Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986 — see also Employee Retirement Income Security Act




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