What snake's name means "snake" in
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"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.
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
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