Definition of Cobra

1. Noun. Venomous Asiatic and African elapid snakes that can expand the skin of the neck into a hood.

Definition of Cobra

1. n. See Copra.

2. n. The cobra de capello.

Definition of Cobra

1. Acronym. (British) w:Cabinet Office Briefing Room A Cabinet Office Briefing Room A ¹

2. Acronym. (American English) (legal) Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, especially the provision that allows some employees to continue their group-based health insurance after leaving a job; also, health insurance obtained under this law. ¹

3. Noun. Any of various venomous snakes of the family ''Elapidae''. ¹

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Definition of Cobra

1. a venomous snake [n -S]

Medical Definition of Cobra

1. A genus of poisonous snakes of the subfamily elapinae of the family elapidae. There are six recognised species, all inhabiting africa except the asiatic (indian) cobra, naja naja. Some species "spit" their venom into the eyes of their "enemies". So-called spitting cobras show a high degree of accuracy in aiming for the eyes. The ringhals, the most highly specialised of the spitting cobras, is limited to southern africa. Its spray destroys eye tissue and can cause blindness; its bite can cause death. (moore: poisonous snakes of the world, 1980, p80) (12 Dec 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cobra

cobra (current term)
cobra neurotoxins
cobra toxin
cobra venom cofactor
cobra venom factor
cobra venoms

Literary usage of Cobra

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1. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1866)
"reputed antidote, he retired into the corner of a room from whence he had been taken in the first instance to combat with the cobra, and where he had been ..."

2. Nature by Norman Lockyer (1878)
"This salt seems to combine with the poisonous principle of cobra virus, ... This result of the action of platinum chloride on cobra virus out of the body is ..."

3. Ceylon: An Account of the Island Physical, Historical and Topographical by Sir James Emerson Tennent (1859)
"Here, when I have repeatedly come upon them, their only impulse was concealment; and on one occasion, when a cobra of considerable length could not escape ..."

4. Sandberg, Designer and Director of the Stedelijk by Ad Petersen (2004)
"RA cobra cobra cobra cobra cobra cobra cobra cobra ... 2 NUMERO HOLLANDAIS cobra AMSTERDAM -i The exhibition was held in t Ire ground floor galleries (at ..."

5. Poisons: Their Effects and Detection by Alexander Wynter Blyth, Meredith Wynter Blyth (1906)
"cobra Anti-toxin.—All the so-called antidotes, such as gold chloride, potassio permanganate, and others, have proved to be useless ; for, although chemical ..."

6. Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society by Bombay Natural History Society (1888)
"Then both somewhat wounded, separated, but the cobra got the worst of the fight. ... fight and also the cobra remaining alive (which recovered afterwards) ..."

7. Collected Studies on Immunity by Paul Ehrlich (1906)
"I. Concerning the Activation of cobra Venom by Means of Complements. IN a previous study2 one of us has shown that cobra venom is activated not-only by ..."

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