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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
1860-1865
1860-65; < Nguni; compare Zulu imamba, izimamba
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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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n.

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

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