Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several venomous snakes, especially of the genus Naja, that are native to Asia and Africa and are capable of expanding the skin of the neck to form a flattened hood.
  • n. Leather made from the skin of one of these snakes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various venomous snakes of the family Elapidae.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See copra.
  • n. The cobra de capello.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The contracted name of the cobra-de-capello.
  • n. See copra.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. venomous Asiatic and African elapid snakes that can expand the skin of the neck into a hood

Etymologies

Short for Portuguese cobra (de capello), snake (with a hood), from Latin colubra, feminine of coluber.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Portuguese cobra, from Latin colubra ("snake"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • She saw before her one of the most venomous of serpents, the black naja, or "spitting-snake" -- the cobra of Africa -- far more dangerous than its congener the _cobra de capello_ of India, because far more active in its movements, and equally fatal in its bite.

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  • Just think of this, you are unable to do your job because of health reason, you are terminated, you pay over 1300.00 per month cobra for 18 mo., when the cobra is ended, then you pay 797.00 per month for coverage on yourself only and do not have the really good plan you had when you were working, you will welcome a health care reform that will help with this.

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  • The cobra is my favourite since it looks like the hardest one to stack. 12 more pics after the jump.

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  • When our family had cobra is was, like $6500 per year.

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  • It gets the name cobra lily because the stem and leaves look like a cobra.

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  • Distinctive 'cobra'-design seats for added comfort and enhanced rear cabin space

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  • The so called cobra act is a joke if I had $500 a week then I could have kept my police.

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  • You know, a rattlesnake and a cobra, which is more dangerous?

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  • The cobra was the symbol of the powers of life and death that Pharaoh held over his subjects.

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  • No doubt, particular kinds of animal _have_ been charmed in that way for thousands of years; and even the most terrible kind of snake, called the cobra, is regularly charmed in India with a flute.

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