King Cobra

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Illustration of a King cobra, Ophiophagus elaps, also called a Shiva snake or Siva snake because it is worn by the Hindu Lord Shiva.

"A book name of Ophiophagus elaps, a very large and deadly cobriform serpent of India; so called from its powers of destruction.” —Whitney, 1889


William Dwight Whitney, PhD, LLD The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language (New York, NY: The Century Co., 1895) 5662


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