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king cobra

a cobra, Ophiophagus hannah, of southeastern Asia and the East Indies, that grows to a length of more than 15 feet (5 meters): the largest of the venomous snakes.
Also called hamadryad.
Origin of king cobra
1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • As well as he could judge the king-cobra was more than seventeen feet long.

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  • For the thing that glinted softly was a golden bracelet with the figure of a king-cobra wrought in heavy relief upon it.

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  • I kept its skin as a companion to the king-cobra we had killed in Buxa.

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British Dictionary definitions for king-cobra

king cobra

a very large venomous tropical Asian elapid snake, Ophiophagus hannah, that feeds on snakes and other reptiles and extends its neck into a hood when alarmed Also called hamadryad
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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