mamba

noun
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 Spikes for mamba occurred after the January death of Kobe Bryant, whose nickname was the Black Mamba. Leanne Italie, Anchorage Daily News, "Merriam-Webster’s top word of 2020 not a shocker: pandemic," 1 Dec. 2020 Spikes for mamba occurred after the January death of Kobe Bryant, whose nickname was the Black Mamba. NBC News, "Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year comes as no surprise: 'pandemic'," 30 Nov. 2020 Spikes for mamba occurred after the January death of Kobe Bryant, whose nickname was the Black Mamba. Leanne Italie, Anchorage Daily News, "Merriam-Webster’s top word of 2020 not a shocker: pandemic," 1 Dec. 2020 Spikes for mamba occurred after the January death of Kobe Bryant, whose nickname was the Black Mamba. NBC News, "Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year comes as no surprise: 'pandemic'," 30 Nov. 2020 Spikes for mamba occurred after the January death of Kobe Bryant, whose nickname was the Black Mamba. Leanne Italie, Anchorage Daily News, "Merriam-Webster’s top word of 2020 not a shocker: pandemic," 1 Dec. 2020 Spikes for mamba occurred after the January death of Kobe Bryant, whose nickname was the Black Mamba. NBC News, "Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year comes as no surprise: 'pandemic'," 30 Nov. 2020 Spikes for mamba occurred after the January death of Kobe Bryant, whose nickname was the Black Mamba. Leanne Italie, Anchorage Daily News, "Merriam-Webster’s top word of 2020 not a shocker: pandemic," 1 Dec. 2020 Spikes for mamba occurred after the January death of Kobe Bryant, whose nickname was the Black Mamba. NBC News, "Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year comes as no surprise: 'pandemic'," 30 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of mamba

1839, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mamba

Zulu imamba

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“Mamba.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mamba. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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mamba

noun
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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