mamba

mamba

[mahm-bah]
noun
any of several long, slender, arboreal snakes of the genus Dendroaspis, of central and southern Africa, the bite of which is often fatal.

Origin:
1860–65; < Nguni; compare Zulu imamba, izimamba

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mamba (ˈmæmbə)
 
n
any aggressive partly arboreal tropical African venomous elapid snake of the genus Dendroaspis, esp D. angusticeps (green and black mambas)
 
[from Zulu im-amba]

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mamba
"large venomous snake," 1862, from Zulu (i)mamba or Swahili mamba.
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