py·thon | \ ˈpī-ˌthän , -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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Ball pythons are much smaller and rarely are more than 4 feet long, FWC reported. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "TSA finds Python hidden in hard drive at Miami airport," 10 July 2018 Body of Indonesian woman found in python: A woman's body was discovered inside a 23-foot-long python in central Indonesia. Rachelle Krygier, Washington Post, "World Digest: June 16, 2018," 16 June 2018 Officials said a passenger traveling to Barbados from Miami International Airport tried to get a python onto a flight, but it wasn’t brought on the plane in plain view, it was being smuggled wrapped in nylon, inside a hard drive, WSVN reported. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Python found inside checked bag, hard drive at Miami airport," 10 July 2018 Kimmel has been contracted by the South Florida Water Management District for about a year, tasked with hunting and removing pythons. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Florida man wrangles alligator from 10-foot python's deadly grip in Everglades," 18 June 2018 Campers also have the chance to pet animals like a chinchilla, small alligator or bald python. Allison Bagley, Houston Chronicle, "A night at the zoo is a wild experience," 21 Mar. 2018 In a series of events fresh out of a horror movie, a python nearly made it onboard a plane in Miami on Sunday. Monica Rodriguez, Fortune, "Passenger Tried to Smuggle Large Snake on a Plane, TSA Says," 10 July 2018 Rock pythons are the largest species of snake in Africa and kill their prey by squeezing them and depriving them of air. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "8-foot pet snake strangled owner to death, says medical examiner," 24 Jan. 2018 Sari Koshetz, a spokeswoman for the TSA, told the newspaper that a bomb expert then examined the bag and found the python — still alive — in the hard drive. Dana Hedgpeth, The Seattle Times, "Man tried to bring python on plane by hiding it inside a computer hard drive," 10 July 2018

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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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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