Definition of anaconda noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌænəˈkɒn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌænəˈkɑːn//
Amphibians and reptiles
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a large S American snake of the boa family, that crushes other animals to death before eating them See related entries: Amphibians and reptiles Word Originmid 18th cent. (originally denoting a kind of Sri Lankan snake): unexplained alteration of Latin anacandaia ‘python’, from Sinhalese henakaňdayā ‘whip snake’, from hena ‘lightning’ + kaňda ‘stem’.
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