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 In addition to daily at-home experiments, there are live sessions each Thursday at 10 a.m.—meet a ball python or talk about germs with a real scientist. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Read-Along With Michelle Obama and Other Livestream Learning Opportunities," 27 Apr. 2020 Florida Dania Beach: As people across America make coronavirus masks with everything from T-shirts and pillowcases to vacuum cleaner bags, one Sunshine State resident is using python skin. USA TODAY, "Treehouse isolation, python masks, farm-to-food bank: News from around our 50 states," 21 Apr. 2020 Winter mainly prevents the spread of invasive species, like Burmese pythons or bearded dragons that move up from tropical climates because people want to keep them as pets. Erin Glynn,, "How this year's second-warmest winter will affect your backyard," 30 Mar. 2020 Tom Rahill searches for Burmese pythons in the Everglades. Justin Worland, Time, "Inside the Effort to Hunt Pythons Slithering Amok in the Florida Everglades," 6 Nov. 2019 Spears, 38, opened the song inside a cage with Antle and the liger (a hybrid of a tiger mother and lion father), then stormed the stage to dance with a live python. Robyn Merrett,, "Southern Charm Star Naomie Olindo Apologizes for Visiting Doc Antle’s Zoo: ‘We Are So Embarrassed'," 2 Apr. 2020 In what could reasonably (and relatably) be construed as the result of a deep longing for summer, a python swallowed an entire beach towel because who hasn’t done something dramatic while pining for warmer days? Cady Lang, Time, "Vets Pull Entire Beach Towel From Snake Who Just Can't Wait for Summer," 28 Feb. 2020 And this guy comes on a motorcycle, slid down the bank and lept up on this python. Los Angeles Times, "Snakes and religion intertwine in the Appalachian thriller ‘Them That Follow’," 7 Aug. 2019 In one ad, an 18-foot python that weighed approximately 300 pounds was up for sale. Meagan Hurley, Dallas News, "‘Tiger King’ reminds us of Dallas’ past experiences with exotic animals," 26 Mar. 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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17 May 2020

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“Python.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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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


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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