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noun py·thon \ˈpī-ˌthän, -thən\

Definition of python

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of python

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


First Known Use: circa 1825


PYTHON Defined for English Language Learners

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noun py·thon \ˈpī-ˌthän, -thən\

Definition of python for English Language Learners

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


PYTHON Defined for Kids

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noun py·thon \ˈpī-ˌthän\

Definition of python for Students

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



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