anaconda

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noun an·a·con·da \ˌa-nə-ˈkän-də\

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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There are two species of South American snakes that constrict their prey. The heavily built giant anaconda is usually about 16 ft (5 m) long, but can be longer than 24 ft (7.5 m), rivaling the largest pythons in length. The yellow anaconda is much smaller. Typically dark green with alternating oval black spots, the giant anaconda lives along tropical rivers east of the Andes and in Trinidad. It kills at night by lying in wait in water; it constricts prey as large as young pigs or caimans and occasionally forages in trees for birds. It may bear 75 live young at a time.

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Origin and Etymology of anaconda

probably modification of Sinhalese henakandayā, a slender green snake


First Known Use: 1748


Anaconda

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geographical name An·a·con·da \ˌa-nə-ˈkän-də\

Definition of Anaconda

  1. city in southwestern Montana that grew rapidly following the building of a copper-smelting plant in 1884 and expanded to contain one of the largest nonferrous production plants in the world population 9298


ANACONDA Defined for English Language Learners

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noun an·a·con·da \ˌa-nə-ˈkän-də\

Definition of anaconda for English Language Learners

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


ANACONDA Defined for Kids

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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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