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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Recent Examples on the Web The bite of a king cobra, for instance, can kill an elephant. Steven Hill, Field & Stream, "10 of the Most Venomous Snakes in the World," 11 June 2020 Cobra Gold is also well known as an important jungle warfare training exercise, where U.S. soldiers typically have the opportunity to indulge in unique opportunities, including famously drinking king cobra snake blood as part of survival training. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Pentagon Is Canceling Military Exercises Because of Coronavirus," 3 Mar. 2020 During his visit to the shrine, he is nearly bitten by a king cobra. Abhrajyoti Chakraborty, The New Republic, "The Disaster Novelist," 8 Oct. 2019 Though species like the boomslang or the king cobra are dangerous thanks to their respective poisons, the black mamba is especially deadly due to its speed. Daniel Jameson, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 10 Most Dangerous Animals in the World—And Where to Find Them," 19 Sep. 2019 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

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1887, in the meaning defined above

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“King cobra.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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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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