(Science: zoology) a small, hooded, poisonous serpent of egypt and adjacent countries, whose bite is often fatal. It is the Naja haje. The name is also applied to other poisonous serpents, especially. To vipera Aspis of southern Europe. See Haje.
Origin: as. Aesp, aeps; akin to OHG. Aspa, Icel. Osp, dan. Aesp, Sw. Asp, D. Esp, g. Espe, aspe, aspe; cf. Lettish apsa, lith. Apuszis. Of southern Europe; similar to but smaller than the adder.Cobra used by the Pharaohs as a symbol of their power over life and death.Shorthand for aspartate, a common amino acid found in [[proteins.