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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Without hesitation, Morgan grabs the second python and wrangles it into the plastic tub. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "81-year-old grandma yanks pythons from grill at request of concerned family," 31 Aug. 2018 This particular species of python is a fairly common pet, as evidenced by its docile in-flight behavior. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Python on Plane Travels from Australia to Scotland Inside Woman's Shoe," 25 Feb. 2019 Callers sound increasingly concerned for the python, said the hotline’s operators. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, "Nothing Unites a Divided Country Like an Escaped 18-Foot Snake in the Suburbs," 28 Aug. 2018 For the second time in barely more than a year, an Indonesian villager has been swallowed whole by a python. Avi Selk, Anchorage Daily News, "A woman went to check her corn - and was swallowed by a python," 17 June 2018 Kimmel has his own company, Martin County Trapping and Removals, which focuses on python removal. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Video shows man saving alligator as python nearly squeezes it to death," 19 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, Washington Post, "A woman went to check her corn — and was swallowed by a python," 16 June 2018 The Spanish monarch brought modern polish to the ensemble by accessorizing with Magrit heels and a Herrera python-effect clutch. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Queen Letizia of Spain’s Latest Look Is Handed Down From Her Mother-in-Law," 19 Dec. 2018 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

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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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