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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of very venomous serpents of the family Elapidæ, or of the restricted family Najadæ. It is a kind of cobra very closely related to Naja, the chief technical distinction being the presence of postparietal plates on the head. O. elaps, the hamadryad, is one of the largest and most deadly of serpents; it is known to attain a length of nearly 12 feet, and is said to reach 15 feet. Its bite is fatal to man in a few moments, and it is said to be able to kill very large quadrupeds. This serpent is found in India and some of the East India islands, as Java, Sumatra, and Borneo, but is fortunately not so common as the ordinary cobra. The generic name refers to its habit of feeding upon other snakes.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A genus of venomous East Indian snakes, which feed on other snakes. Ophiophagus elaps is said to be the largest and most deadly of poisonous snakes.
- n. king cobra
“Lately the police have got two specimens of an ophiophagus, a snake-eating snake over eighteen feet long, whose bite they say is certain death.”
“I have just obtained by exchange with another collector," he said, "a splendid specimen of the _ophiophagus_.”
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