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an·a·con·da

 (ăn′ə-kŏn′də)
n.
Any of several nonvenomous, semiaquatic snakes of the genus Eunectes of tropical South America that kill by coiling around their prey, especially E. murinus, which can attain a length of up to 9 meters (29.5 feet).

[Earlier, a large snake of Sri Lanka, from New Latin anacandaia, from Sinhalese heṇakandayā : heṇa, thunderbolt (from Middle Indic asaṇi, from Sanskrit aśaniḥ; see ak- in Indo-European roots) + kanda, stem, trunk, body (from Middle Indic khandha-, from Sanskrit skandhaḥ, shoulder, upper back).]

anaconda

(ˌænəˈkɒndə)
n
(Animals) a very large nonvenomous arboreal and semiaquatic snake, Eunectes murinus, of tropical South America, which kills its prey by constriction: family Boidae (boas)
[C18: probably changed from Sinhalese henakandayā whip snake, from hena lightning + kanda stem; originally referring to a snake of Sri Lanka]

an•a•con•da

(ˌæn əˈkɒn də)

n., pl. -das.
a South American boa, Eunectes murinus, that often grows to a length of more than 25 ft. (7.6 m).
[1760–70; earlier anacandaia < Sinhalese henakandayā]

an·a·con·da

(ăn′ə-kŏn′də)
A very large, mostly aquatic snake of tropical South America. It suffocates its prey by coiling or drowning and is the largest snake known.
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Noun1.anaconda - large arboreal boa of tropical South Americaanaconda - large arboreal boa of tropical South America
boa - any of several chiefly tropical constrictors with vestigial hind limbs
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