Pythons



[pahy-thon, -thuh n] /ˈpaɪ θɒn, -θən/

noun
1.
any of several Old World boa constrictors of the subfamily Pythoninae, often growing to a length of more than 20 feet (6 meters): the Indian python, Python molurus, is endangered.
[pahy-thon, -thuh n] /ˈpaɪ θɒn, -θən/
noun
1.
a spirit or demon.
2.
a person who is possessed by a spirit and prophesies by its aid.
[pahy-thon, -thuh n] /ˈpaɪ θɒn, -θən/
noun, Classical Mythology.
1.
a large dragon who guarded the chasm at Delphi from which prophetic vapors emerged. He was finally killed by Apollo, who established his oracle on the site.
/ˈpaɪθən/
noun
1.
any large nonvenomous snake of the family Pythonidae of Africa, S Asia, and Australia, such as Python reticulatus (reticulated python). They can reach a length of more than 20 feet and kill their prey by constriction
/ˈpaɪθən/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) a dragon, killed by Apollo at Delphi
plural noun

very muscular upper arms; pumped-up biceps
Examples

flexing his pythons
Usage Note

informal
n.

1580s, fabled serpent, slain by Apollo near Delphi, from Latin Python, from Greek Python “serpent slain by Apollo,” probably related to Pytho, the old name of Delphi, perhaps itself related to pythein “to rot,” or from PIE *dhubh-(o)n-, from *dheub- “hollow, deep, bottom, depths,” and used in reference to the monsters who inhabit them. Zoological application to large non-venomous snakes of the tropics is from 1836, originally in French.

noun

Quite muscular upper arms: flexing his pythons after going to the Y

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