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anaconda

[ an-uh-kon-duh ]
/ ˌæn əˈkɒn də /
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noun
a South American boa, Eunectes murinus, that often grows to a length of more than 25 feet (7.6 meters).
any large boa.
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Origin of anaconda

1760–70; misapplication of a name originally used for a snake of Sri Lanka; earlier anacandaia<Sinhalese henakandayā kind of snake

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Anaconda
[ an-uh-kon-duh ]
/ ˌæn əˈkɒn də /

noun
a city in SW Montana.
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British Dictionary definitions for anaconda

anaconda
/ (ˌænəˈkɒndə) /

noun
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 for anaconda

C18: probably changed from Sinhalese henakandayā whip snake, from hena lightning + kanda stem; originally referring to a snake of Sri Lanka
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