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 The rest of Gatorland’s critters, like Burmese pythons and possums, go to a safe place - the administrative offices. Gabrielle Russon,, "Hurricane Dorian: Disney, Universal, other parks are watching storm, but no closings yet," 29 Aug. 2019 So after Zacariotti finished his graduate work and returned to Brazil, Durrant decided to turn her attention to pythons. Ellen Airhart, WIRED, "These Conservationists Are Desperate to Defrost Snake Sperm," 13 Mar. 2018 The presence of the pythons has been growing, though, since the early 2000s in the Everglades and expanding across South Florida. Richard Tribou,, "Still tens of thousands of Burmese pythons left, but FWC team nabs No. 500," 28 June 2019 No one knows how many thousands of pythons infest the Everglades. David Fleshler,, "During the day, these women groom dogs. At night they kill pythons," 28 June 2019 And while points almost always outperform flats in the same color, the round-toe has surged past in the fig python. Shannon Fitzgerald, Fortune, "How Sustainable Startup Rothy’s Found Success Turning Recycled Water Bottles into Fashionable Footwear," 15 Sep. 2019 Of course, this does not characterize all python or R users. Dan Kopf, Quartz, "What’s next for the popular programming language R?," 17 Aug. 2019 The sadness belittled me, suffocating me like a python, completely taking my voice, my breath and my feeling away day by day. Trey Moses, Indianapolis Star, "'I saw the body of a brother and a best friend.' How Trey Moses deals with depression and loss of a teammate," 30 Apr. 2017 In Southeast Asia, the Burmese python has been nearly snuffed out. Marion Renault, New York Times, "This Carnivorous Plant Invaded New York. That May Be Its Only Hope.," 13 Aug. 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


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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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