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mamba

[mahm-bah] /ˈmɑm bɑ/
noun
1.
any of several long, slender, arboreal snakes of the genus Dendroaspis, of central and southern Africa, the bite of which is often fatal.
Origin of mamba
1860-1865
1860-65; < Nguni; compare Zulu imamba, izimamba
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  • A person will die in 20 to 30 minutes after being bitten by a mamba.

  • I am assured that you are a Christian, mamba,” he said, “as well as many of your kindred.

    The Fugitives R.M. Ballantyne
  • After recovering the first shock, mamba turned quickly and pointed to his three comrades in suffering.

    The Fugitives R.M. Ballantyne
  • But mamba did not leap at this gift as might have been expected.

    The Fugitives R.M. Ballantyne
  • A snake of the mamba species, which grows to a considerable size, very scarce, and with a proportionately bad reputation.

    Forging the Blades Bertram Mitford
  • Did not mamba tell you why he has undertaken so long a journey?

    The Fugitives R.M. Ballantyne
  • This precautionary measure must 88 be gone through within a couple of minutes or one will fall a victim to the mamba's fangs.

  • Of course Mark said this in remarkably bad Malagasy, but mamba understood.

    The Fugitives R.M. Ballantyne
  • It was dark when mamba arrived, and rather late; but he was too anxious to transact his “business” to wait till morning.

    The Fugitives R.M. Ballantyne
  • For to mamba Sasa that profession was the proudest to which a black man could aspire.

    The Land of Footprints Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for mamba

mamba

/ˈmæmbə/
noun
1.
any aggressive partly arboreal tropical African venomous elapid snake of the genus Dendroaspis, esp D. angusticeps (green and black mambas)
Word Origin
from Zulu im-amba
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Word Origin and History for mamba
n.

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

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