Definition of python in English:

python

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Pronunciation: /ˈpʌɪθ(ə)n
 
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noun

1A large heavy-bodied non-venomous snake occurring throughout the Old World tropics, killing prey by constriction and asphyxiation.
  • Family Pythonidae: genera Python (of Asia and Africa), and Morelia and Aspidites (of Australasia)
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  • Anacondas are related to boa constrictors and pythons.
  • Non-venomous snakes like boas and pythons grab their prey and squeeze them to death.
  • I used to keep pythons and boa constrictors years ago.
2 (Python) [mass noun] Computing A high-level general-purpose programming language.
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  • Use it to implement a parser for Python's expression syntax.
  • In Python this is handled automatically via the module/import framework.
  • This file is read and processed by a (mostly custom built) program written in the python language.

Origin

late 16th century (in the Greek sense): via Latin from Greek Puthōn, the name of a huge serpent killed by Apollo. The main current sense dates from the mid 19th century.

Derivatives

pythonic

Pronunciation: /-ˈθɒnɪk/
adjective
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  • And they can come back to perform Wembley, when they finally build the new stadium - to which there are pythonic problems.

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