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What snake's name means "snake" in Portuguese?




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Answer: the Cobra

According to http://www.geocities.com/SouthBeach/4195/words.htm

"When the Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama landed his fleet at Calicut, India, in 1498, the Portuguese became aware of, among other things, a venomous snake with the remarkable ability to expand the skin of its neck to form a hood.

The Hindi word the Indians used for the snake was nag, but the Portuguese decided to rename it in their own language cobra de capello, "hooded snake". The Portuguese name was borrowed into English in the 17th century. By the nineteenth century its name in English had become shortened to cobra ."

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