Definition of Naja in US English:

Naja

(also Naia)

noun

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

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.