Recent Examples of cobra from the Web
Elizabeth and Jal later regaled their children with stories of cobras and scorpions while living in thatched huts.
During the recent commercial shoot at Univision’s studios on the Westside, the couple co-starred with a black cobra, a curious toucan that pecked at Kruskall’s microphone and an alligator with razor-sharp jaws.
Until a dangdut singer died of a snake bite in 2016, many used cobras as props too.
The snouted cobra can be identified by the dark banding on its throat, says South African herpetologist Johan Marais.
In the corner, a baby still small enough to get in for free rises up in a cobra position and projectile-vomits milk product across the colorful foam tiles.
Some venoms, such as those of cobras and coral snakes, primarily attack the nervous system, leading to breathing difficulties and paralysis.
The cobra struggled to get rid of the small snake, to no avail.
All cobras are venomous, and the amount of neurotoxin in one of their bites is enough to kill 20 people.
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During the early part of the 16th century, Portuguese traders took control of cities along India's western coast. During this period of contact, the Portuguese became familiar with some of India's animal life. One animal they noticed was a poisonous snake that could expand the skin of its neck to form a hood. The Portuguese called this snake cobra de capello, meaning “snake with a hood.” The Portuguese name was first borrowed into English in the 17th century. By the 19th century the name had become shortened to cobra.
Origin and Etymology of cobra
First Known Use: 1802See Words from the same year
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Definition of cobra for English Language Learners
: a very poisonous snake found in Asia and Africa
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