Definitions for: Python


[n] large Old World boas
[n] (Greek mythology) dragon killed by Apollo at Delphi
[n] a soothsaying spirit or a person who is possessed by such a spirit



Webster (1913) Definition: Py"thon, n. [NL., fr. L. Python the serpent slain near
Delphi by Apollo, Gr. ?.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) Any species of very large snakes of the genus
Python, and allied genera, of the family Pythonid[ae].
They are nearly allied to the boas. Called also {rock
snake}.

Note: 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).

See Also: amethystine python, boa, carpet snake, disembodied spirit, Indian python, Morelia spilotes variegatus, mythical creature, mythical monster, Python molurus, Python reticulatus, Python sebae, Python variegatus, Pythoninae, reticulated python, rock python, rock snake, spirit, subfamily Pythoninae

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