Definition of anaconda in English:


Line breaks: ana|conda
Pronunciation: /ˌanəˈkɒndə


  • A semiaquatic snake of the boa family which may grow to a great size, native to tropical South America.
    • Genus Eunectes, family Boidae: several species
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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 'whip snake', from hena 'lightning' + kaňda 'stem'.

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