Anaconda



a South American boa, Eunectes murinus, that often grows to a length of more than 25 feet (7.6 meters).
any large boa.
Cards. a variety of poker in which each player is dealt seven cards, discards two, and turns up one of the remaining five before each betting round.
a city in SW Montana.
Contemporary Examples

This is like telling a man wrestling four alligators not to ignore that 30-foot anaconda that just slipped into the pond.
Will Boehner Play Ball on Syria? Michael Tomasky August 29, 2013

When Nicki Minaj released her “anaconda” music video, the blatant booty was meant to spark a conversation.
Jennifer Lopez’s Objectifying ‘Booty’ Video Makes It Official: We’ve Reached Booty Exhaustion Kevin Fallon September 18, 2014

Even the more cartoonish way that Minaj is celebrating her ass in the “anaconda” video may not be wise.
Nicki Minaj’s Ass-tastic ‘Anaconda’ Video and the Curse of the Butt Career Kevin Fallon August 20, 2014

Some in the press tried to cover anaconda, but America seemed to pay little attention.
Obama’s War Presidency Stephen L. Carter January 5, 2011

Minaj dropped her newest single anaconda on Monday, a Sir Mix-A-Lot sampling ode to her own assets.
Beyoncé’s ‘Flawless’ Lyrics Tease Her Elevator Drama with Jay Z Amy Zimmerman August 4, 2014

Historical Examples

The anaconda mine in Butte is the largest producer of silver in the country.
The A B C of Mining Charles A. Bramble

It belongs to the same family, but is known as the anaconda.
The Wonder Island Boys: The Mysteries of the Caverns Roger Thompson Finlay

J——- paid four sous for admittance, and found that the sea-tiger was nothing but a large seal, and the anaconda altogether a myth.
Passages From the French and Italian Notebooks, Volume 2 Nathaniel Hawthorne

Duppo has been telling him of the way in which he rescued him from the anaconda.
On the Banks of the Amazon W.H.G. Kingston

“I have heard of no one putting you in on any anaconda,” he said sarcastically.
Frenzied Finance Thomas W. Lawson

noun
a very large nonvenomous arboreal and semiaquatic snake, Eunectes murinus, of tropical South America, which kills its prey by constriction: family Boidae (boas)
n.

1768, a name first used in English to name a Ceylonese python, it was applied erroneously to a large South American boa, called in Brazil sucuriuba. The word is of uncertain origin, and no snake name like it now is found in Sinhalese or Tamil. One suggestion is that it is a Latinization of Sinhalese henacandaya “whip snake,” literally “lightning-stem” [Barnhart]. Another suggestion is that it represents Tamil anaikkonda “having killed an elephant” [OED].

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