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Py·thon 1

 (pī′thŏn′, -thən)
1. Greek Mythology A dragon or serpent that was the tutelary demon of the oracular cult at Delphi until killed and expropriated by Apollo.
2. python
a. A soothsaying spirit or demon.
b. A person possessed by such a spirit.

[Latin Pȳthōn, from Greek Pūthōn; see dheub- in Indo-European roots.]

Py·thon 2

A trademark for a widely used scripting language designed for producing dynamic webpages.


 (pī′thŏn′, -thən)
Any of various nonvenomous snakes of the family Pythonidae, found chiefly in Asia, Africa, and Australia, that coil around and asphyxiate their prey. Some pythons can attain lengths of 8 meters (26 feet) or more.

[Probably French, from Latin Pȳthōn, mythical serpent killed by Apollo near Delphi; see Python1.]
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(Animals) 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
[C16: New Latin, after Python]
pythonic adj


(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a dragon, killed by Apollo at Delphi
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(ˈpaɪ θɒn, -θən)

any of several Old World constrictors of the subfamily Pythoninae (family Boidae), often growing to a length of more than 20 ft. (6 m).
[1830–40; < New Latin; Latin Pȳthōn a serpent killed by Apollo at the site of the Delphic oracle < Greek Pȳthṓn (see Pythian)]
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Any of various very large and colorful snakes of Africa, Asia, and Australia. Pythons are not poisonous, but coil around and suffocate their prey, which can be as large as wild deer.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.python - large Old World boaspython - large Old World boas      
boa - any of several chiefly tropical constrictors with vestigial hind limbs
Pythoninae, subfamily Pythoninae - Old World boas: pythons; in some classifications considered a separate family from Boidae
carpet snake, Morelia spilotes variegatus, Python variegatus - Australian python with a variegated pattern on its back
Python reticulatus, reticulated python - of southeast Asia and East Indies; the largest snake in the world
Indian python, Python molurus - very large python of southeast Asia
Python sebae, rock python, rock snake - very large python of tropical and southern Africa
amethystine python - a python having the color of amethyst
2.python - a soothsaying spirit or a person who is possessed by such a spirit
disembodied spirit, spirit - any incorporeal supernatural being that can become visible (or audible) to human beings
3.Python - (Greek mythology) dragon killed by Apollo at Delphi
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
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[ˈpaɪθən] Npitón f
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nPython m, → Pythonschlange f
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(ˈpaiθən) noun
a type of large non-poisonous snake that twists around its prey and crushes it.
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References in classic literature ?
"Then in that case, thou and I together, old hunter, might make him see reason." Here Baloo rubbed his faded brown shoulder against the Panther, and they went off to look for Kaa the Rock Python.
Now a snake, especially a wary old python like Kaa, very seldom shows that he is angry, but Baloo and Bagheera could see the big swallowing muscles on either side of Kaa's throat ripple and bulge.
The fighting strength of a python is in the driving blow of his head backed by all the strength and weight of his body.
Mowgli turned and saw the great Python's head swaying a foot above his own.
The Python dropped his head lightly for a minute on Mowgli's shoulder.
"But what was the meaning of it all?" said Mowgli, who did not know anything of a python's powers of fascination.
The hammer fell with a futile click on an empty chamber--the ape-man's hand shot out like the head of an angry python; there was a quick wrench, and the revolver sailed far out across the ship's rail, and dropped into the Atlantic.
Then there was a python that ordinarily would have sent me screeching to a tree-top.
He had the room all to himself, and a man requires nothing less than this when he wants to dash his cap on the table, throw himself astride a chair, and stare at a high brick wall with a frown which would not have been beneath the occasion if he had been slaying "the giant Python." The conduct that issues from a moral conflict has often so close a resemblance to vice that the distinction escapes all outward judgments founded on a mere comparison of actions.
Hathi and his sons are like Kaa, the Rock Python. They never hurry till they have to.
Even the appearance of a very ordinary rock python does not appear to justify such a liberty."
He saw her bending over pythons coiled upon the sand, or considering the brown rock breaking the stagnant water of the alligators' pool, or searching some minute section of tropical forest for the golden eye of a lizard or the indrawn movement of the green frogs' flanks.