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[koh-bruh] /ˈkoʊ brə/
any of several highly venomous, Old World elapid snakes of the genera Naja and Ophiophagus, characterized by the ability to flatten the neck into a hoodlike form when disturbed.
any of several similar, related African snakes, as the ringhals.
leather made from the skin of a cobra.
(initial capital letter) Military. a single-engine, two-seat U.S. Army attack helicopter armed with missiles, rockets, and a 20mm cannon and in service since 1977.
Origin of cobra1
1810-20; short for cobra de capello


[koh-bruh, kob-ruh] /ˈkoʊ brə, ˈkɒb rə/
noun, Australian
head; skull.
1825-35; < Dharuk gabarā Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cobra
  • And other snakes are set to join the ranks of the sequenced, including the garter snake, the rattlesnake and the king cobra.
  • The real problem is the criminal you cannot reform: the human mad dog or cobra.
  • If you're smart, you'll never come within spitting distance of a cobra.
  • One sound signals the approach of a martial eagle, another warns that a cobra slithers nearby.
  • Come eye-to-eye with the king cobra, the longest venomous snake in the world.
  • cobra receptors have a unique sugar molecule that acts as an umbrella, blocking the toxin from binding to the receptor.
British Dictionary definitions for cobra


any highly venomous elapid snake of the genus Naja, such as N. naja (Indian cobra), of tropical Africa and Asia. When alarmed they spread the skin of the neck region into a hood
any related snake, such as the king cobra
Word Origin
C19: from Portuguese cobra (de capello) snake (with a hood), from Latin colubra snake


noun acronym
(in the UK) Cabinet Office Briefing Room A: the civil contingencies committee that leads the UK's responses to crises such as terrorist attacks and epidemics
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Word Origin and History for cobra

1802, short for cobra capello (1670s), from Portuguese cobra de capello "serpent (of the hood)," from Latin colubra "a snake, female serpent" (source of French couleuvre "adder"), of uncertain origin. So called for the expandable loose skin about its neck. The word came to English via Portuguese colonies in India, where the native name is nag (see naga).

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cobra in Technology

Do you mean CORBA? Or is there a COBRA?

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