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spitting cobra

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Definition of spitting cobra in English:

noun

An African cobra that defends itself by spitting venom from the fangs, typically at the aggressor’s eyes.
  • Genera Naja and Hemachatus, family Elapidae: three species, in particular the black-necked spitting cobra (N. nigricollis).
Example sentences
  • And snakes like the African black-necked spitting cobra, which can blind you with a well-aimed snootful of toxin, could conceivably do you in.
  • If ever you're confronted by a spitting cobra (common in Africa and Asia) stand back at least 10 feet and protect your eyes.
  • ‘No,’ I said; then, ‘Wait, the spitting cobra, if the venom hits your eyes it'll be absorbed through the capillaries.’

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