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mamba

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noun mam·ba \ˈmäm-bə, ˈmam-\

Definition of mamba

  1. :  any of several chiefly arboreal venomous green or black elapid snakes (genus Dendroaspis) of sub-Saharan Africa



Origin of mamba

Zulu imamba


First Known Use: 1862

Rhymes with mamba


Medical Dictionary

mamba

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noun mam·ba \ˈmäm-bə, ˈmam-\

Medical Definition of mamba

  1. :  any of several venomous elapid snakes (genus Dendroaspis) of sub-Saharan Africa that are related to the cobras but lack a dilatable hood; especially :  a southern African snake (D. angusticeps) that has a light or olive-green phase and a black phase, that attains in the latter phase a length of 12 feet (3.66 meters), and that is noted for the quickness with which it inflicts its often fatal bite




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  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of "mamba" Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about "mamba"


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