king cobra

noun

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 Reptiles that live in forest areas, such as the king cobra, are more likely to be threatened with extinction than desert-dwellers, in part because forests face greater human disruptions, the study found. Christina Larson, ajc, 27 Apr. 2022 Widespread and high-profile species such as the king cobra were under threat, the survey revealed. Katie Hunt, CNN, 27 Apr. 2022 In 2016, a former UNC-Chapel Hill student and snake enthusiast was bitten by his pet king cobra and nearly died. Gabriela Miranda, USA TODAY, 7 July 2021 Later, an unruly king cobra is relocated from an exhibit to a holding pen. Los Angeles Times, 6 July 2021 The preserve’s vast swathes of evergreen forest host a massive array of native Indian animals, with roughly 265 different bird species and 45 different varieties of reptile—including the notorious king cobra—found within the park. Jared Ranahan, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 One day, the guards caught a king cobra that slithered dangerously close and cooked the snake for dinner. Saudamini Jain, CNN, 20 Mar. 2021 For comparison, the prairie rattlesnake has 92 and the king cobra has 232. Kate Baggaley, Popular Science, 25 Jan. 2021 Kylie Jenner dressed up as a king cobra snake and did so by slithering into a bodycon Mugler look. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 1 Nov. 2020 See More

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1887, in the meaning defined above

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“King cobra.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/king%20cobra. Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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king cobra

noun
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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