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 In Australia, a 10-foot-long python was found perusing the spices in a grocery store. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 29 Dec. 2021 Snake trapper Mike Kimmel, aka Python Cowboy, shared the 29-second clip of him and his mother freeing a long python from a car tire. Fox News, 26 Nov. 2021 The one that was not removed shows a live rabbit being fed to a python. BostonGlobe.com, 20 Oct. 2021 The one that was not removed shows a live rabbit being fed to a python. BostonGlobe.com, 20 Oct. 2021 The one that was not removed shows a live rabbit being fed to a python. BostonGlobe.com, 20 Oct. 2021 The one that was not removed shows a live rabbit being fed to a python. New York Times, 19 Oct. 2021 In 2017, a 17-foot-long, 100-pound pet python named Sam went missing in the Mat-Su, triggering a community-wide search and an alert from local government officials. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, 30 June 2021 Guests can ask resident wildlife biologists about the local ecology and visit with some of the native and nonnative species, such as diamondback terrapins and a 10-foot-long Burmese python. Washington Post, 12 Feb. 2021

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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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18 Jan 2022

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“Python.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/python. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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python

noun

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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