Definition of Naja in English:

Naja

noun

(also Naia)
  • Any of several cobras constituting the genus Naja. Also (now chiefly): the genus itself.

    Valid publication of the genus name: J. N. Laurentius Specimen Medicum Synopsin Reptilium (1768) 90.

Pronunciation

Naja

/ˈneɪdʒə/ /ˈneɪjə/ /ˈnɑːdʒə/

Origin

Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Chambers's Cyclopaedia. From post-classical Latin naia, naja (E. Kaempfer, ultimately from Sanskrit nāga snake, perhaps via Sinhala nayā.