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python1

[pahy-thon, -thuh n]
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noun
  1. 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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Origin of python1

1580–90; < New Latin; special use of Python1

python2

[pahy-thon, -thuh n]
noun
  1. a spirit or demon.
  2. a person who is possessed by a spirit and prophesies by its aid.
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Origin of python2

1595–1605; < Late Greek pȳ́thōn; relation to Python1 unclear

Python1

[pahy-thon, -thuh n]
noun Classical Mythology.
  1. 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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Origin of Python1

1390–1400; Middle English, from Latin Pȳthōn, from Greek Pȳ́thōn

Python2

[pahy-thon]
Digital Technology, Trademark.
  1. 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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Origin of Python2

coined in 1989 by Python's creator Guido van Rossum after the comedy troupe Monty Python
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Examples from the Web for python

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  • The boar, watching its fate, squealed, and the python advanced.

  • After a meal of that kind, a python is unable to move for several days.

    Children of Borneo

    Edwin Herbert Gomes

  • There are many varieties of snakes, varying in size from the python downwards.

    Children of Borneo

    Edwin Herbert Gomes

  • Mowgli turned and saw the great Python's head swaying a foot above his own.

    The Jungle Book

    Rudyard Kipling

  • The Python dropped his head lightly for a minute on Mowgli's shoulder.

    The Jungle Book

    Rudyard Kipling


British Dictionary definitions for python

python

noun
  1. 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
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Derived Formspythonic (paɪˈθɒnɪk), adjective

Word Origin

C16: New Latin, after Python

Python

noun
  1. Greek myth a dragon, killed by Apollo at Delphi
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Word Origin and History for python

n.

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.

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