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python

Line breaks: py¦thon
Pronunciation: /ˈpʌɪθ(ə)n
 
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Definition of python in English:

noun

1A large heavy-bodied non-venomous snake occurring throughout the Old World tropics, killing prey by constriction and asphyxiation.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

More
  • A python's name comes from Greek Puthōn, the name of a huge serpent or monster killed by Apollo in Greek legend. Poets in the 17th and 18th centuries sometimes described any monster or plague as a python. Python was only used as a generic term for a snake that crushes its prey from the early 19th century. The BBC comedy series Monty Python's Flying Circus was first shown on 5 October 1969. The name was deliberately chosen to have no real meaning—it was the winning candidate from a list of absurd titles such as Gwen Dibley's Flying Circus, Vaseline Review, and Owl-Stretching Time. After a slow start the programme became so popular and influential that in 1975 it gave the language a new word, Pythonesque, to describe surreal humour.

Derivatives

pythonic

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈθɒnɪk/
adjective
Example sentences
  • And they can come back to perform Wembley, when they finally build the new stadium - to which there are pythonic problems.

Words that rhyme with python

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