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anaconda

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noun an·a·con·da \ˌa-nə-ˈkän-də\

Simple Definition of anaconda

  • : a large South American snake that squeezes its victims to death

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of anaconda

  1. :  a large semiaquatic constricting snake (Eunectes murinus) of the boa family of tropical South America that may reach a length of 30 feet (9.1 meters); broadly :  any of the large constricting snakes

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Origin of anaconda

probably modification of Sinhalese henakandayā, a slender green snake


First Known Use: 1768


ANACONDA Defined for Kids

anaconda

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noun an·a·con·da \ˌa-nə-ˈkän-də\

Definition of anaconda for Students

  1. :  a large South American snake that squeezes its prey to death





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