python

noun
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 Florida is turning to the dogs to help solve its Burmese python problem. Ann W. Schmidt, Fox News, "Python-sniffing dogs in Florida start successfully tracking invasive species," 17 Dec. 2020 With Monday’s 52-24 win, Saban’s reinvention of Alabama football from a python that squeezes the life out of opponents to a rampaging cheetah that cannot be caught is now complete. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Nick Saban and Alabama appear untouchable after securing sixth national title," 12 Jan. 2021 One percenters, stupid criminals, strippers, a Burmese python with a starring role, an orange-haired buffoon, and assorted hapless victims who manage to be at the wrong place at the wrong time are guaranteed to keep you laughing. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "The Fast Forward 2020 Winter Bookies reading list," 4 Jan. 2021 Burmese python may not be everyone’s first food of choice for festive holiday fare — or second, third or fourth either. orlandosentinel.com, "Florida hunter makes Christmas cookies with python eggs," 28 Dec. 2020 Truman, a black Labrador retriever, found an 8-foot python in the Rocky Glades Public Small Game Hunting Area in Miami-Dade County on Dec. 8. Ann W. Schmidt, Fox News, "Python-sniffing dogs in Florida start successfully tracking invasive species," 17 Dec. 2020 Burmese python in the Rocky Glades Public Small Game Hunting Area in Miami-Dade County. Brendan Farrington, ajc, "Florida's new python-sniffing dogs have 1st success," 16 Dec. 2020 The Burmese python, which can often reach lengths approaching 20 feet, is overrunning the Florida Everglades, forcing officials to think outside the box, USA Today reports. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Florida officials consider suggesting Burmese snakes taking over Everglades be eaten," 21 Nov. 2020 In October, a pair of hunters captured an 18-foot, 9-inch Burmese python that set a record. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Florida officials consider suggesting Burmese snakes taking over Everglades be eaten," 21 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of python was circa 1825

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11 Feb 2021

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“Python.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/python. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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python

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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

python

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

Kids Definition of python

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

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