Cobra definition

kōbrə
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Any of various venomous snakes of the family Elapidae.
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Any of various venomous elapid snakes, especially of the genus Naja, that are native to Asia and Africa and are capable of expanding the skin of the neck to form a flattened hood.
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Any of various venomous elapid snakes, especially of the genus Naja, that are native to Asia and Africa and are capable of expanding the skin of the neck to form a flattened hood.
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Leather made from the skin of one of these snakes.
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Any of several genera (esp. Naja) of very poisonous elapine snakes of Asia and Africa, having around the neck loose skin which is expanded into a hood when the snake is excited.
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Leather made of the skin of this snake.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
cobra
Plural:
cobras

Origin of cobra

  • Short for Portuguese cobra (de capello) snake (with a hood) from Latin colubra feminine of coluber

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Portuguese cobra, from Latin colubra (“snake”).

    From Wiktionary