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[pahy-thon, -thuh n] /ˈpaɪ θɒn, -θən/
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.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Neo-Latin; special use of Python

python2

[pahy-thon, -thuh n] /ˈpaɪ θɒn, -θən/
noun
1.
a spirit or demon.
2.
a person who is possessed by a spirit and prophesies by its aid.
Origin
1595-1605; < Late Greek pȳ́thōn; relation to Python unclear

Python

[pahy-thon, -thuh n] /ˈpaɪ θɒn, -θən/
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.
Origin
< Latin Pȳthōn < Greek Pȳ́thōn
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British Dictionary definitions for pythons

python

/ˈpaɪθən/
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
Derived Forms
pythonic (paɪˈθɒnɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C16: New Latin, after Python

Python

/ˈpaɪθən/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) a dragon, killed by Apollo at Delphi
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Contemporary definitions for pythons
plural noun

very muscular upper arms; pumped-up biceps

Examples

flexing his pythons

Usage Note

informal

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Word Origin and History for pythons

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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Slang definitions & phrases for pythons

pythons

noun

Quite muscular upper arms: flexing his pythons after going to the Y


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