Meaning of “cobra” in the English Dictionary

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"cobra" in English

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cobranoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkəʊ.brə/ us /ˈkoʊ.brə/

Examples from literature

  • The cobra lives in old walls or heaps of stone and timber, under roots, or in dead trunks in the forest, in fact anywhere where he can find a sheltered hole. 
  • The cobra, for example, when disturbed, raises its immense hood in a most terrifying attitude! 
  • The needle was swaying like a cobra's head. 
  • The snake-charmer keeps all sorts of them, but chiefly cobras. 
  • When the charmer begins to play with a cobra he fixes his eyes on it and never removes them for a second. 

(Definition of “cobra” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cobra" in American English

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cobranoun [ C ]

us /ˈkoʊ·brə/

a poisonous snake from Africa or southern Asia that can make itself look bigger by spreading the skin at the back of its head

(Definition of “cobra” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)