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
Recent Examples of python from the Web
Red tape — along with water pollution, overdevelopment and invading pythons — threatens to kill the Everglades.
In seven weeks, the 25 pros have killed and removed 149 pythons.
If alligators are spotted in the area, experts say it’s likely the animal was let loose by someone who was keeping it as a pet...which is how pythons found their way into the Florida Everglades.
With the power of python, this is pretty easy to do.
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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 1825See Words from the same year
PYTHON Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of python for Students
: a large nonpoisonous snake of Africa, Asia, and Australia that squeezes and suffocates its prey
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