mam·​ba | \ ˈmäm-bə How to pronounce mamba (audio) , ˈmam- How to pronounce mamba (audio) \

Definition of mamba

: any of several chiefly arboreal venomous green or black elapid snakes (genus Dendroaspis) of sub-Saharan Africa

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Recent Examples on the Web The others who perished💔💔💔 #shock #mamba #gigi go with G-d A post shared by Selma Blair (@selmablair) on Jan 26, 2020 at 1:24pm PST View this post on Instagram Love is forever. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "The World Mourns the Death of NBA Legend Kobe Bryant," 26 Jan. 2020 Last year, researchers from Denmark and Costa Rica used such a method to make experimental antidotes that saved mice from the venom of the black mamba, a deadly African snake. Megan Molteni, Wired, "Scientists Figured Out the Indian Cobra's Genome—at Last," 6 Jan. 2020 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 Ramirez concentrates specifically on the Northern Pacific and prairie rattlesnakes that frequent Northern California, but he has been called on to remove a black mamba and a cobra. Scott Strazzante,, "Rattlesnake wrangler constantly on call to remove, relocate snakes," 28 July 2019 Even Chandler, however, didn’t see the need to have sections narrated by a black mamba. Tom Shippey, WSJ, "Science Fiction: Private Eyes and Flying Saucers," 18 May 2018 Sniffing a chance to make some bucks, Sammy orders a black mamba from a friend in Boise, Idaho. Gerald Bartell, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Noir,’ by Christopher Moore, and ‘Last Ferry Home,’ by Kent Harrington," 12 Apr. 2018 If an attacker does not back down, the black mamba will strike it over and over, injecting a plethora of potent neurotoxins each time. National Geographic, "Watch Two of World’s Deadliest Snakes Fight on a Golf Course," 25 May 2017 Without antivenom, a bite from a black mamba snake is usually lethal. National Geographic, "Watch Two of World’s Deadliest Snakes Fight on a Golf Course," 25 May 2017

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First Known Use of mamba

1839, in the meaning defined above

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Zulu imamba

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“Mamba.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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mam·​ba | \ ˈmäm-bə How to pronounce mamba (audio) , ˈmam- How to pronounce mamba (audio) \

Medical Definition of mamba

: any of several venomous elapid snakes (genus Dendroaspis) of sub-Saharan Africa that are related to the cobras but lack a dilatable hood especially : a southern African snake (D. angusticeps) that has a light or olive-green phase and a black phase, that attains in the latter phase a length of 12 feet (3.66 meters), and that is noted for the quickness with which it inflicts its often fatal bite

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