Cape cobra

noun

Definition of Cape cobra

: an aggressive partly arboreal cobra (Naja nivea) of southern Africa that is extremely variable in coloring, being predominantly yellow, reddish, brown, or black

called also yellow cobra

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from Cape of Good Hope

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“Cape cobra.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Cape%20cobra. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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