Definition of Black mamba

1. Noun. A highly venomous southern African mamba dreaded because of its quickness and readiness to bite.

Exact synonyms: Dendroaspis Augusticeps
Generic synonyms: Mamba
Specialized synonyms: Green Mamba

Definition of Black mamba

1. Noun. A large venomous snake found in Africa, taxonomic name ''Dendroaspis polylepis'', which ranges in color from green to gray. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Black Mamba

black lead
black letter
black letters
black light
black line
black locust
black locusts
black lotion
black lovage
black lung
black lung disease
black magic
black magick
black maire
black mallee
black mamba (current term)
black mambas
black man
black mangrove
black maple
black margate
black mark
black market
black marketeer
black markets
black marlin
black measles
black membrane
black men

Literary usage of Black mamba

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. In Haunts of Wild Game: A Hunter-naturalist's Wanderings from Kahlamba to by Frederick Vaughan Kirby (1896)
"... for I could multiply instances of the terrible powers of the black 'mamba which have under my own observation. The Boers designate the , loom-slang, ..."

2. Tales from the Veld by Ernest Glanville (1897)
"X THE black mamba WE were talking about snakes at the little roadside winkle—a composite shop, where you could buy moist black sugar, tinned butter, ..."

3. Human Rights Watch World Report 1997 by Human Rights Watch (Organization), Human Rights Watch Staff (1996)
"On November 1, the remaining six were acquitted of treason and murder charges, there being no evidence to prove that they were linked to the "black mamba. ..."

4. South African Sketches by Alfred Burdon Ellis (1887)
"Now, the black mamba is about as nasty a snake as you'll find in Natal, and we can show as pretty a collection of those reptiles as you'll get in any ..."

5. Among the Zulus and Amatongas: With Sketches of the Natives, Their Language by David Leslie (1875)
"He had tramped on a black Mamba, at least ten feet long; its tail was across the road, and its head in a bush. He sprang away, and in doing so took the ..."

6. Twenty-Five Years in a Waggon [Sic] by Andrew A. Anderson (1888)
"... being out one afternoon with my gun after wild-ducks, walking along the banks, all of a sudden a large black mamba snake stood in my path, ..."

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