constrictor

noun
con·​stric·​tor | \ kən-ˈstrik-tər How to pronounce constrictor (audio) \

Definition of constrictor

1 : a muscle that contracts a cavity or orifice or compresses an organ
2 : a snake (such as a boa constrictor) that coils around and compresses prey
3 : one that constricts

Examples of constrictor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Scientists say the giant constrictor snakes, which can grow over 20 feet (6 meters) long, have eliminated 99% of the native mammals in the Everglades, decimating food sources for native predators such as panthers and alligators. Washington Post, "Florida doubles efforts to hunt invasive pythons," 7 Aug. 2019 The pythons are mostly ambush hunters, and constrictors. Gena Steffens, Smithsonian, "The Snakes That Ate Florida," 11 July 2019 Large constrictor snakes have not existed in North America for millions of years. Gena Steffens, Smithsonian, "The Snakes That Ate Florida," 11 July 2019 Beth Koehler and Peggy van Gorder, who co-own a dog-grooming business in St. Petersburg, have turned out to be terrors for the giant non-native constrictors that have been consuming Everglades wildlife. David Fleshler, sun-sentinel.com, "During the day, these women groom dogs. At night they kill pythons," 28 June 2019 As successes ebb and flow and alliances strain and stretch, Mechling zooms in on the constrictor knot of adult female friendships. Vogue, "10 New Books to Read This Summer," 31 May 2019 Scientists say the giant constrictor snakes, which can grow over 20 feet long, have eliminated 99 percent of the native mammals in the Everglades, decimating food sources for native predators such as panthers and alligators. Fox News, "Florida authorities consider possibility of super snake emerging in Everglades," 27 Aug. 2018 Scientists say the giant constrictor snakes, which can grow over 20 feet long, have eliminated 99 percent of the native mammals in the Everglades, decimating food sources for native predators such as panthers and alligators. Fox News, "Florida authorities consider possibility of super snake emerging in Everglades," 27 Aug. 2018 Scientists say the giant constrictor snakes, which can grow over 20 feet long, have eliminated 99 percent of the native mammals in the Everglades, decimating food sources for native predators such as panthers and alligators. Fox News, "Florida authorities consider possibility of super snake emerging in Everglades," 27 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of constrictor

1735, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Constrictor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/constrictor. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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constrictor

noun
con·​stric·​tor | \ kən-ˈstrik-tər How to pronounce constrictor (audio) \

Kids Definition of constrictor

: a snake (as a boa) that kills its prey by coiling around and crushing it

constrictor

noun
con·​stric·​tor | \ -ˈstrik-tər How to pronounce constrictor (audio) \

Medical Definition of constrictor

: a muscle that contracts a cavity or orifice or compresses an organ — see inferior constrictor, middle constrictor, superior constrictor

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