py·​thon | \ ˈpī-ˌthän How to pronounce python (audio) , -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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In the sneak peek above, Randall discovers the Oenpelli python — a snake seen by few people because of the animal’s love for the narrow caves of Australia’s Northern Territory. Kelli Bender,, "Steve Irwin's Apprentice Jack Randall Crawls Through Narrow Cave With 12-Foot Python," 3 July 2019 This means that, like another famous invasive species in the state, the python, the presence of iguanas threatens the natural habitat. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Floridians are free to kill all green iguanas," 3 July 2019 Anyone show sees the python or other nonnative species can call the state’s Exotic Species Hotline (888-IVEGOT1). Richard Tribou,, "Still tens of thousands of Burmese pythons left, but FWC team nabs No. 500," 28 June 2019 Simpson and his men saved the snake from the soup pot and brought the then nine-foot python back to camp where it was named George and served as part mascot and part rat-catcher. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "How A North Carolina Python Won A Purple Heart," 10 June 2019 The record length for reticulated pythons — the longest snake species — is 25 feet. Kathleen Christiansen,, "Gatorland guide shares facts during Trainer-for-a-Day tour," 25 June 2019 Roseberry said one new attraction this year were a parrot and a ball python from Brookfield Zoo. Jesse Wright,, "Children’s Safety Expo draws dozens to Pleasantdale Middle School," 10 June 2019 Like Burmese pythons, green iguanas and other non-native species in Florida, Nile monitors arrived through the exotic pet trade. David Fleshler,, "This lizard can get big enough to eat a cat - and it’s on the prowl in Plantation," 6 June 2019 Animal Print Courtesy of Zimmermann This season's animal print selections run the gamut, from your classic leopard to variations on zebra and tiger stripes—even python! Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "The Swimwear Trends of 2019 to Try This Summer, From Animal Prints to Metallics," 9 Apr. 2019

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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


py·​thon | \ ˈpī-ˌthän How to pronounce python (audio) \

Kids Definition of python

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

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