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Asp

cobra snake

Asp, Egyptian cobra (Naja haja) of the family Elapidae, an extremely poisonous snake up to 7 ft (2 m) in length. Considered sacred in ancient Egypt, it was, according to legend, the snake that killed Cleopatra. The name is also applied to several species of vipers.

See also: Cobra.

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