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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Slithering unseen and unheard through the branches, a green mamba is itself planning to make a kill.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

large venomous African snake, 1862, from Zulu (i)mamba or Swahili mamba.


n. Any of various venomous snakes of the genus ''Dendroaspis'', native to Africa, that live in trees.


n. arboreal snake of central and southern Africa whose bite is often fatal


Mambas are fast-moving venomous snakes of the genus Dendroaspis (which literally means "tree asp") in the family Elapidae. Four extant species are recognised currently; three of those four species are essentially arboreal and green in colour, whereas the so-called black mamba, Dendroaspis polylepis, is largely terrestrial and generally brown or grey in colour. All are native to various regions in sub-Saharan Africa and all are feared throughout their ranges, especially the black mamba. In Africa there are many legends and stories about mambas.

Mamba (roller coaster)

Mamba is a steel hypercoaster designed by Steve Okamoto, and built by D.H. Morgan Manufacturing. Mamba is located at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Missouri. Mamba opened in 1998 at a cost of 10 million USD.

Mamba (film)

Mamba is a 1930 American Pre-Code film, released by Tiffany Pictures. It was shot entirely in Technicolor and stars Jean Hersholt, Eleanor Boardman, Ralph Forbes, Josef Swickard, Claude Fleming, William Stanton and William von Brincken. It was based on a story by Ferdinand Schumann-Heink and John Reinhardt and was advertised as the First Drama In Natural Color as all previous color features in sound had featured musical numbers.

Mamba (disambiguation)

Mamba refers to a genus of snakes.

Mamba may also refer to:

  • Mamba (website), the leading Russian social dating website,, founded in 2005.
  • Mamba (film), 1930 film
  • Mamba (roller coaster), at Worlds of Fun
  • Mamba (candy)
  • Mamba, Tibet
  • Mamba (Tanzanian ward), a ward in Tanzania
  • Mamba (surname), a surname
  • Mamba, a village in Ancharakandy, Kannur, in Kerala, India
  • Mamba, the name of a board game in the horror film Open Graves
  • Mamba, a wireless gaming mouse from manufacturer Razer USA
  • Mamba (band), a Finnish band founded in 1984
  • MAMBA, the Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art
Mamba (candy)

Mamba Fruit Chews are a brand of fruit chew candies, made in Germany by August Storck KG. They are artificially flavored in strawberry, orange, lemon, cola, and raspberry. They are vegan. Mamba was launched in 1953 in packs of six. They are most often sold in packages of 18 or 24 soft chews and the flavors within each package are selected at random.

Mamba Sour Fruit Chews were first released in mid-2007.

On the European market, since 2009, there is also available Cola flavor.

Mamba (Tanzanian ward)

Mamba is an administrative ward in the Chunya district of the Mbeya Region of Tanzania. According to the 2002 census, the ward has a total population of 10,143.

Mamba (website)

Mamba – is a network of social discovery/social dating sites that includes approximately 25,000 (twenty five thousand) independent sites and dating sections on large portals and publishing sites (e.g. Yahoo, Msn, Icq,,,

Mamba (band)

Mamba is a Finnish schlager band formed in Pori in 1984.

With over 372,967 records sold, Mamba is one of the best-selling music artists in Finland.

Mamba (surname)

Mamba is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Alberto Mamba (born 1994), Mozambican middle-distance runner
  • Manuel Mamba (born 1958), Filipino politician
  • Mzwandile Mamba (born 1981), Swazi politician
  • Ndumiso Mamba, Swazi government minister
  • Priscilla Mamba (born 1972), Swazi long-distance runner
  • Virginie Mamba (born 1980), Democratic Republic of the Congo handball player

Usage examples of "mamba".

There was probably not a man in the stockade who had not already read the slim volume, or at least heard of its contents, and if Vicky had thrown a live mamba on the table, their consternation could not have been more intense.

He had gone as pale as though a mamba had crossed the path at his feet.

Then the head of the black mamba rose above the edge of the shelf two feet from where I sat.

The black mamba, the most deadly snake in the world, takes one partner for life.

As most humans instinctively raise their arms in panic to defend their eyes the mamba fangs most often strike into the top of the upper arm.

But the fuse turned instead into the black mamba of the crystal cave of Africa: it rose as it had done outside the cave, its head weaving and its darting tongue becoming the spluttering sparks of the lighted fuse.

It struck high up on the arm where the mamba strikes and sliced through the epidermis above the ragged swastika, the blade cutting a square about four inches across and three down, then I crossed the square from corner to corner to make an X in a cross of St Andrew and then again from centre to centre to make the cross of St George, cutting deep almost to the muscle.

It differs from the green mamba, both in distribution, habitat, and toxi-city of venom.

The mamba can manage a considerable speed over a very short distance, but could not compete with a horse.

He came up over the bank, a brief silhouette against the white pan, quick as a mamba but where Craig had not expected him.

Then Tungata slid forward like a black mamba, barely moving the tall grass as he went through it.

The impi was in position, lying across the Khami hills like a coiled mamba, waiting and watchful and ready.

Her face was flat and sallow, her eyes slitted and bright as those of a mamba, and she wore a cloth cap over her hair, and a baggy cotton uniform like a suit of pyjamas.

Angry at himself for his reaction, he drew down her skirt and released her, muttering a soft curse as he turned and walked swiftly back to where the dead mamba lay.

Reaching inside the canvas bag, he pulled the mamba out and held it up to show its full length, letting its tail trail along the ground.