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Python may refer to:

In biology:

  • Any member of the family Pythonidae (in general), a group of snakes found in Africa, Asia, Australia and a few islands in Oceania
  • Any member of Python (genus) (in particular), a group of snakes found in Africa and Asia

In computing:

In the military:

  • Colt Python, a firearm
  • Python missile, a series of Israeli air-to-air missiles

Other uses:


Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

See also Python, and pythons

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A python constricting a goat.

Etymology

From Ancient Greek Πύθων (Puthōn), the name of the mythological enormous serpent at Delphi slain by Apollo, from Πυθώ (Pūthō), the early name of Delphi, from πυθώ (puthō), to rot, to decay).

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
python

Plural
pythons

python (plural pythons)

  1. A type of large constricting snake.

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French

Pronunciation

Noun

python m. (plural pythons)

  1. Python (snake)

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Simple English

Pythonidae
File:Python molure
Indian python, Python molurus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Pythonidae
Fitzinger, 1826


Python is the name given to a number of constricting snakes. Such snakes are not venomous. The family in question is that of the Pythonideae. Some people think it is related to that of the Boa snakes. However, boas produce live young, while pythons lay eggs. Pythons can be found in Australia, Southeast Asia and Africa. Pythons can range from 3 feet long in species like ball pythons to 29 feet in species like reticulated pythons. Longer pythons have been seen, but the reports are not secured. Larger pythons can prey on animals as large as a house cat or a full-grown deer. In Africa, there are pythons that eat gazelles. To catch its prey, the python squeezes it to death, then swallows it whole. Despite their size, pythons are rarely dangerous to humans.








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