king cobra


Definition of king cobra

: a large cobra (Ophiophagus hannah synonym Naja hannah) of southeastern Asia and the Philippines that may attain a length of 18 feet (5.5 meters)

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Can Gio, a mangrove forest near Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, is also a UNESCO biosphere reserve, home to king cobras, saltwater crocodiles, fishing cats—and until recently, a monkey circus. National Geographic, "UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Drops Monkey Circus," 21 June 2018 If the bad boys of Southern California karate are slithering back into the spotlight with YouTube Red's Cobra Kai (streaming now), of course the king Cobra can’t be too far behind. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Surprise! Martin Kove's villainous 'Karate Kid' sensei returns to the 'Cobra Kai' dojo," 3 May 2018 At some point during this incredibly dangerous fight, the python was bitten by the ultra-venomous king cobra. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "A king cobra and python killed each other in a horrifying snake battle," 4 Feb. 2018 Unlike vipers, these snakes—which range in size from about 2 feet to the 19-foot-long king cobra of Asia—have long, muscular bodies that propel them rapidly and a lethally erect fang on their upper jaws. Eli Greenbaum, Smithsonian, "When Science Means Getting Cobra Venom Spat Into Your Eye," 19 Dec. 2017 The snake in the video above is likely a king cobra, a species which lives mainly in the rain forests and plains of India, southern China, and Southeast Asia. National Geographic, "See How This Rooster Fought Off a Cobra," 30 Aug. 2017

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1887, in the meaning defined above

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king cobra

king co·​bra | \ ˈkiŋ-ˈkō-brə How to pronounce king cobra (audio) \

Medical Definition of king cobra

: a large and very venomous cobra of the genus Ophiophagus (O. hannah synonym Naja hannah) of southeastern Asia and the Philippines that may attain a length of 18 feet (5.5 meters)

called also hamadryad

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