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mam·ba / ˈmämbə/ • n. a large, agile, highly venomous African snake (genus Dendroaspis, family Elapidae). See also black mamba.


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mamba Any of several large, poisonous African tree snakes of the cobra family, Elapidae. The deadly black mamba (Dendroaspis polylepsis) is the largest species. It is grey, greenish-brown or black and is notoriously aggressive; its bite is almost always fatal. Length: to 4.3m (14ft).


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mambas (Dendroaspis) See ELAPIDAE.