1 [pahy-thon, -thuhn]
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.

1580–90; < Neo-Latin; special use of Python Unabridged


2 [pahy-thon, -thuhn]
a spirit or demon.
a person who is possessed by a spirit and prophesies by its aid.

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


[pahy-thon, -thuhn]
noun Classical Mythology.
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.

< Latin Pȳthōn < Greek Pȳ́thōn Unabridged
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python (ˈpaɪθən)
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]

Python (ˈpaɪθən)
Greek myth a dragon, killed by Apollo at Delphi

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1590, the fabled serpent, slain by Apollo, near Delphi, from L. Python, from Gk. Python, probably related to Pytho, the old name of Delphi, perhaps itself related to pythein "to rot." Zoological application to large non-venomous snakes of the tropics is from 1836, originally in Fr.
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Python definition

1. A simple, high-level interpreted language invented by Guido van Rossum in 1991. Python combines ideas from ABC, C, Modula-3 and Icon. It bridges the gap between C and shell programming, making it suitable for rapid prototyping or as an extension language for C applications. It is object-oriented and supports packages, modules, classes, user-defined exceptions, a good C interface, dynamic loading of C modules and has no arbitrary restrictions.
Python is available for many platforms, including Unix, Windows, DOS, OS/2, Macintosh and Amoeba.
Latest version: 2.5, as of 2007-02-21.
Usenet newsgroup: news:comp.lang.python.
2. A compiler for CMU Common LISP. Python is more sophisticated than other Common Lisp compilers. It produces better code and is easier to use. The programming environment based on the Hemlock editor is better integrated than GNU Emacs based environments.
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