Definition of anaconda in English:

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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.
Example sentences
  • 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'.

Words that rhyme with anaconda

absconder, Fonda, Golconda, Honda, nonda, ponder, responder, squander, Wanda, wander, yonder

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