Definition of anaconda in English:


Syllabification: an·a·con·da
Pronunciation: /ˌanəˈkändə


A semiaquatic snake of the boa family that may grow to a great size, native to tropical South America.
  • Genus Eunectes, family Boidae: several species, in particular the green anaconda (E. murinus)
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  • This reptile family includes such notable snakes as anacondas, pythons, and boa constrictors, all big animals notorious for their ability to tackle prey even larger than themselves.
  • You got the python, Larry, the anaconda and the boa constrictor.
  • They are also preyed upon by mammalian predators such as cats, and by snakes such as boas and anacondas.


mid 18th century (originally denoting a kind of Sri Lankan snake): unexplained alteration of Latin anacandaia 'python', from Sinhalese henakaňdayā 'whipsnake', from hena 'lightning' + kaňda 'stem'.

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