Definition of anaconda
: 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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Her parents even bought a wall-to-wall terrarium, filling it with three massive snakes: a Burmese python, an anaconda and a boa constrictor.
The green anaconda can grow up to 20 feet long and weigh a whopping 200 pounds.
This superintelligent shark or that zombie anaconda?
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Important anaconda Facts
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.
Origin and Etymology of anaconda
probably modification of Sinhalese henakandayā, a slender green snake
First Known Use: 1748See Words from the same year
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Definition of anaconda for English Language Learners
: a large South American snake that squeezes its victims to death
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: a large South American snake that squeezes its prey to death
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