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Python

Py′thon

,
Noun.
[NL., fr. L.
Python
the serpent slain near Delphi by Apollo, Gr. [GREEK].]
1.
(Zool.)
Any species of very large snakes of the genus
Python
, and allied genera, of the family
Pythonidæ
. They are nearly allied to the boas. Called also
rock snake
.
☞ The pythons have small pelvic bones, or anal spurs, two rows of subcaudal scales, and pitted labials. They are found in Africa, Asia, and the East Indies.
2.
A diviner by spirits.
“[Manasses] observed omens, and appointed pythons.”
4 Kings xxi. 6 (Douay version).

Definition 2022


Python

Python

See also: python

Translingual

Python reticulatus at postprandial rest

Etymology

From Ancient Greek Πύθων (Púthōn), from Πῡθώ (Pūthṓ), the early name of Delphi, from πυθώ (puthṓ, to rot, to decay).

Proper noun

Python m

  1. A taxonomic genus within the family Boidae – the pythons, very large constricting snakes of the Old World tropics.

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English

Proper noun

Python

  1. (Greek mythology) The earth-dragon of Delphi, represented as a serpent, killed by Apollo.
    • 1995, Gordon MacDonald Kirkwood, A Short Guide to Classical Mythology, page 11,
      Here Apollo killed a serpent called the Python, and established a great prophetic shrine. Sometimes it is said that the Titaness Themis had the shrine before him, and this, as well as the killing of the Python, suggests that Apollo took over a place already of religious significance, associated with chthonic (i.e., earth) powers.
    • 2000, Otar Lordkipanidze, Phasis: The River and City in Colchis, page 70,
      It would seem, therefore, that what we have on the Phasian phiale is the Python coiled round the omphalos. [] Paintings on Greek pottery and coins have preserved many an example of gods seated on an omphalos, including those of Apollo, Nike, Asclepius and others.413Python on the omphalos must have carried some symbolic meaning.
    • 2005, M. A. Dwight, Taylor Lewis, Grecian and Roman Mythology, page 183,
      Python, says Bailey, is derived from Putho to putrify, and the serpent Python being slain by Apollo, is thus interpreted: by Python is understood the ruin of the waters; Apollo slew this serpent with his arrows; that is, the beams of the sun dispersed the noxious vapours, which destroyed man like a devouring serpent.
  2. (computing) A high-level interpreted programming language invented by Guido van Rossum
  3. (informal) The British comedy troupe Monty Python.
  4. A member of the comedy troupe Monty Python: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones or Michael Palin; referred to collectively as The Pythons.
    John Cleese is perhaps the best-known of the Pythons.

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French

Proper noun

Python m

  1. Python programming language

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German

Pronunciation

Noun

Python m (genitive Pythons, plural Pythons)

  1. python (snake)

Noun

Python n (genitive Python, no plural)

  1. Python

Italian

Proper noun

Python m

  1. Python programming language

Portuguese

Proper noun

Python m

  1. Python programming language

Spanish

Proper noun

Python m

  1. Python programming language

python

python

See also: Python

English

A python constricting a goat.

Noun

python (plural pythons)

  1. A type of large constricting snake.

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French

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /pi.tɔ̃/

Noun

python m (plural pythons)

  1. python

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Interlingua

Noun

python (plural pythones)

  1. python

Latin

Etymology

From the name of a snake slain at Delphi

Pronunciation

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈpyː.tʰon/, [ˈpyː.tʰõ]

Noun

pȳthon f (genitive pȳthōnis); third declension

  1. soothsayer

Inflection

Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative pȳthon pȳthōnēs
genitive pȳthōnis pȳthōnum
dative pȳthōnī pȳthōnibus
accusative pȳthōnem pȳthōnēs
ablative pȳthōne pȳthōnibus
vocative pȳthon pȳthōnēs