py·​thon | \ˈpī-ˌthän, -thən\

Definition of python 

: any of various large constricting snakes 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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Florida is basically a greenhouse full of alligators and invasive Burmese pythons. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Tis the Season To Get Yourself a Lightbox," 24 Oct. 2018 The 18-foot pythons in Uganda’s Python Cave don’t bother Brian Amman too much. Wonbo Woo, WIRED, "Why Are CDC Disease Detectives in a Cave Crawling With Snakes?," 13 June 2018 Scott Fitzwater and his 12-year-old son Landon were there with small African spurred tortoises and small ball pythons. Marco Santana,, "7-foot boa, bearded dragon in unicorn hat show Repticon's extremes," 7 July 2018 The package was addressed to Popov’s home address, and contained 31 python skin handbags and 160 python skin bracelets. Gabrielle Banks, Houston Chronicle, "Houston businesswoman admits she illegally imported nearly 2,000 snakeskin products," 1 June 2018 Nevertheless, just such a horror took place on an adjacent island last year, when a man's body was extracted from a 23-foot-long python, shown in a gruesome YouTube video. Avi Selk, Anchorage Daily News, "A woman went to check her corn - and was swallowed by a python," 17 June 2018 The Everglades is home to alligators, panthers, black bears, crocodiles and pythons. Johnny Diaz,, "Animal Planet's 'Extinct or Alive' heads to the Everglades in search of black panther," 27 June 2018 Ball pythons are much smaller and rarely are more than 4 feet long, FWC reported. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "TSA finds Python hidden in hard drive at Miami airport," 10 July 2018 Body of Indonesian woman found in python: A woman's body was discovered inside a 23-foot-long python in central Indonesia. Rachelle Krygier, Washington Post, "World Digest: June 16, 2018," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of python

circa 1825, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for python

Latin, monstrous serpent killed by Apollo, from Greek Pythōn, from Pythō Delphi

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English Language Learners Definition of python

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


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Kids Definition of python

: a large nonpoisonous snake of Africa, Asia, and Australia that squeezes and suffocates its prey

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