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noun \ˈpī-ˌthän, -thən\

: a very large snake that kills the animals it eats by wrapping itself around them

Full Definition of PYTHON

:  any of various large constricting snakes (as a boa); especially :  any of the large oviparous snakes (subfamily Pythoninae of the family Boidae) of Africa, Asia, Australia, and adjacent islands that include some of the largest existing snakes

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Origin of PYTHON

Latin, monstrous serpent killed by Apollo, from Greek Pythōn, from Pythō Delphi
First Known Use: 1836

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python

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of 28 species (family Pythonidae, sometimes a subfamily of Boidae) of sluggish, docile, nonvenomous snakes found in tropical and temperate regions. Except for one Central American species (Loxocemus bicolor), pythons are found from western Africa to China, Australia, and the Pacific islands. Pythons feed on birds and mammals, killing them by constriction. Most are found near water; some are arboreal. Unlike boas, pythons lay eggs (15–100, depending on body size). The Asian reticulated python (Python reticulatus) may be the world's longest snake (the anaconda is heavier); specimens over 30 ft (9 m) long have been recorded.

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