- a South American boa, Eunectes murinus, that often grows to a length of more than 25 feet (7.6 meters).
- any large boa.
- Cards. a variety of poker in which each player is dealt seven cards, discards two, and turns up one of the remaining five before each betting round.
Origin of anaconda
- a city in SW Montana.
Examples from the Web for anaconda
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September 19, 2014
Even the more cartoonish way that Minaj is celebrating her ass in the “Anaconda” video may not be wise.Nicki Minaj’s Ass-tastic ‘Anaconda’ Video and the Curse of the Butt Career
August 21, 2014
Minaj dropped her newest single Anaconda on Monday, a Sir Mix-A-Lot sampling ode to her own assets.Beyoncé’s ‘Flawless’ Lyrics Tease Her Elevator Drama with Jay Z
August 5, 2014
This is like telling a man wrestling four alligators not to ignore that 30-foot anaconda that just slipped into the pond.Will Boehner Play Ball on Syria?
August 30, 2013
Some in the press tried to cover Anaconda, but America seemed to pay little attention.Obama's War Presidency
Stephen L. Carter
January 6, 2011
It belongs to the same family, but is known as the anaconda.The Wonder Island Boys: The Mysteries of the Caverns
Roger Thompson Finlay
They, however, at length succeeded in getting on board the Anaconda.
The Anaconda stood in nearer, and began again to make signals.
"I have heard of no one putting you in on any Anaconda," he said sarcastically.Frenzied Finance
Thomas W. Lawson
He declared the snake to be the most monstrous of its kind ever seen, and called it an anaconda.Yr Ynys Unyg
Julia de Winton
- a very large nonvenomous arboreal and semiaquatic snake, Eunectes murinus, of tropical South America, which kills its prey by constriction: family Boidae (boas)
Word Origin and History for anaconda
1768, a name first used in English to name a Ceylonese python, it was applied erroneously to a large South American boa, called in Brazil sucuriuba. The word is of uncertain origin, and no snake name like it now is found in Sinhalese or Tamil. One suggestion is that it is a Latinization of Sinhalese henacandaya "whip snake," literally "lightning-stem" [Barnhart]. Another suggestion is that it represents Tamil anaikkonda "having killed an elephant" [OED].