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 Another $1,500 prize is open in both categories for the longest python caught with smaller cash prizes for second place. Garfield Hylton, Orlando Sentinel, 16 June 2022 Workers cooking burgers and tater tots in a Sonic fast-food kitchen fled after discovering a nonvenomous ball python hiding behind the deep fryer. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 31 May 2022 Carnivores also include reptiles like the Burmese python and the gharial, birds like vultures and roseate spoonbills, and some cuter mammals like otters and seals. Zachary Smith, cleveland, 26 May 2022 What if one of those animals was an elephant or a python? Zachary Smith, cleveland, 27 May 2022 The largest snake found in the house was a 14-foot Burmese python, according to officials. Zoe Christen Jones, CBS News, 13 Apr. 2022 In one corner was a female Burmese python nearly 14 feet long, an imposing specimen of the invasive population of predatory snakes inhabiting South Florida's wild lands for over three decades now. Ed Killer, USA TODAY, 14 Mar. 2022 With his wife of 15 years, professional photographer Holly Cruikshank Ireland, and their two daughters, Addy and Brooke, Ireland has adopted four pet reptiles: a Florida king snake, an African ball python, a bearded dragon and a panther chameleon. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Apr. 2022 Some of the snakes in his home included rattlesnakes, cobras, black mambas and a 14-foot-long Burmese python, according to multiple reports. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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py·​thon | \ ˈpī-ˌthän How to pronounce python (audio) \

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

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