spitting cobra
noun Date: 1910 any of several cobras (as Naja nigricollis and Hemachatus haemachatus of Africa) that in defense typically eject their venom toward the victim without striking

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • spitting cobra — n. any of various cobras, esp. the ringhals and a small, black necked African cobra (Naja nigricollis), that spray jets of venom at the eyes of an aggressor …   English World dictionary

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  • spitting cobra — noun aggressive cobra widely distributed in Africa; rarely bites but spits venom that may cause blindness • Syn: ↑black necked cobra, ↑Naja nigricollis • Hypernyms: ↑cobra • Member Holonyms: ↑Naja, ↑genus Naja …   Useful english dictionary

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