- any of several Old World boa constrictors of the subfamily Pythoninae, often growing to a length of more than 20 feet (6 meters): the Indian python, Python molurus, is endangered.
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- a spirit or demon.
- a person who is possessed by a spirit and prophesies by its aid.
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- a large dragon who guarded the chasm at Delphi from which prophetic vapors emerged. He was finally killed by Apollo, who established his oracle on the site.
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- an open-source, high-level programming language known for its readability and support for multiple programming styles, and, due to its many libraries, a large range of applications.
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Examples from the Web for pythons
Most pythons have atrophied useless pelvises floating inside their abdomens, not connected to anything.The Crazy Way Creationists Try To Explain Human Tails Without Evolution
Karl W. Giberson
June 1, 2014
Lately, the pythons are slithering out of border wildlife areas, and into farmland.
In its fifth year, a few dozen pythons, measuring three to 10 feet, have been handed over.
Thousands of 10-foot pythons roam the Florida Everglades, menacing man and beast alike.
You have to step on the necks of the pythons to crush the enemy.Inside Sarah's Church
September 5, 2009
They are quite as large as the pythons, and quite as formidable.The Animal World, A Book of Natural History
Rabbits and pigeons form the food of the pythons in these gardens.Curiosities of Civilization
All other big snakes in India are pythons, which are not venomous.The Elephant God
From the arching green branches creepers dangled like pythons.Queen of the Black Coast
Robert E. Howard
The old legend told us that the fire-darting Apollo shot his radiant arrows against the pythons and 'dragons of the slime.'Expositions of Holy Scripture
- any large nonvenomous snake of the family Pythonidae of Africa, S Asia, and Australia, such as Python reticulatus (reticulated python). They can reach a length of more than 20 feet and kill their prey by constriction
- Greek myth a dragon, killed by Apollo at Delphi
Word Origin and History for pythons
1580s, fabled serpent, slain by Apollo near Delphi, from Latin Python, from Greek Python "serpent slain by Apollo," probably related to Pytho, the old name of Delphi, perhaps itself related to pythein "to rot," or from PIE *dhubh-(o)n-, from *dheub- "hollow, deep, bottom, depths," and used in reference to the monsters who inhabit them. Zoological application to large non-venomous snakes of the tropics is from 1836, originally in French.