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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Recent Examples on the Web Florida is already facing a scourge of unique environmental pests, between the Burmese pythons swallowing up the Everglades and the Kudzu vines draping many swamplands. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, "This harpoon-throwing robot is designed to hunt destructive lionfish," 17 Jan. 2020 An 8-foot python was coiled around the neck of a dead woman inside a home filled with 140 snakes in Oxford, Indiana, police said. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Python found coiled around dead woman's neck in northern Indiana home with 140 snakes," 31 Oct. 2019 An Indiana woman was found dead this week with a massive python wrapped around her neck in a house that 140 snakes call home. Ashley Boucher,, "Indiana Woman Found Dead with Python Around Her Neck in Home with 140 Snakes," 31 Oct. 2019 Since the Python Elimination Program began, more than 2,500 pythons have been sent to the great beyond under its authorization. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Florida is looking to hire 50 new citizen python hunters," 16 Sep. 2019 Carpet pythons generally exist on a diet that includes birds and mammals, including marsupials, and reside in certain parts of Australia and New Guinea. Fox News, "Family finds giant python snake sunbathing on their deck," 23 July 2019 Wearing a rather feisty rock python during a visit to the Mokolodi Nature Reserve. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Biggest Royal Moments of the Past Decade," 1 Jan. 2020 In February 2019, a woman flew from Australia to Glasgow with a python stowed away in her shoe. Andrea Wurzburger,, "11 Horrifying Times Animals Made Their Way Onto Airplanes," 10 Dec. 2019 More than a dozen people interviewed for the study reported having been attacked by a python. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "What we know about an Indiana woman's death from python strangulation," 1 Nov. 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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The first known use of python was circa 1825

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26 Jan 2020

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“Python.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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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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