- 1A highly venomous African or Asian snake that spreads the skin of its neck into a hood when disturbed.
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- Naja and two other genera, family Elapidae: several species, in particular the spectacled cobra
- The dexterity with which the charmers handle deadly snakes such as cobras and vipers has added to the allure of the street-side performances.
- The snake charmers, in return for a small fee, rescue species like cobras and rat snakes that show up in people's homes and release them in forests.
- While human encounters with cobras, vipers, and pythons can prove fatal, more often than not it is the snakes that are killed.
- 2 (also cobra pose) A yoga pose assumed by lying on one’s stomach and raising one’s upper body so as to curve it backwards, using one’s arms and hands for support: as you do the cobra, make sure you are not overextending the lower backMore example sentences
- Some energizing postures given at her workshop included the cobra, locust, and chest expander.
- When you are more confident you can move to the next stage of the cobra, straightening your arms as you raise the top half of your body off the ground.
- Another therapeutic stretch is the cobra pose, a fundamental yoga stretch.
mid 17th century: from Portuguese cobra de capello, literally 'snake with hood', based on Latin colubra 'snake'.
More definitions of cobraDefinition of cobra in:
- The US English dictionary