• Anaconda
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n anaconda large arboreal boa of tropical South America
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The anaconda, one of the world's largest snakes, gives birth to its young instead of laying eggs.
    • n Anaconda (Zoöl) A large South American snake of the Boa family (Eunectes murinus), which lives near rivers, and preys on birds and small mammals. The name is also applied to a similar large serpent (Python tigris) of Ceylon.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n anaconda A very large serpent of Ceylon, a kind of python, variously identified as Python reticulatus, or P. molurus, or P. tigris; hence, some Indian species of that genus. Also called pimbeva and rock-snake.
    • n anaconda Used mistakenly by Daudin as the specific name of a large serpent of South America, Boa murina (Linnæus), B. anacondo (Daudin), now generally known as Eunectes marinus; hence, some large South American boa, python, or rock-snake. In zoology the name is becoming limited to the Eunectes murinus.
    • n anaconda In popular language, any enormous serpent which is not venomous, but which envelops and crushes its prey in its folds; any of the numerous species of the families Boidæ and Pythonidæ; any boa constrictor. Anacondas are found in the tropical countries of both hemispheres, and are generally blotched with black, brown, and yellow. Some are said to attain a length of npward of 30 feet, but they are usually found of a length between 12 and 20 feet. They are not venomous, but possess great constricting powers, the larger specimens being able to crush and swallow such quadrupeds as the tiger and jaguar. One of the species found in Brazil is there called sucuriu or sucuriuba. The name has been popularly applied to all the larger and more powerful snakes. The orthography of the word has settled into anaconda.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Anaconda an-a-kon′da a large South American water-snake of the Python family, closely related to the boa-constrictor.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Of Ceylonese origin?
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Singhalese (?).


In literature:

Senorita Tanlozo, the snake charmer, offered to let Joe take one of her water anacondas into the tank with him.
"Joe Strong, the Boy Fish" by Vance Barnum
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
What do you know of the Anaconda Company?
"Frenzied Finance" by Thomas W. Lawson
The plant at Anaconda, Montana, is expected to produce an ample supply in the future.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith
It was voted that the dancing turkey and infant anaconda grafts were no longer feasible.
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 5, June 1905" by Various
She, intently watching a big anaconda in a case at the top of the stairs, walked off, not noticing them, and fell.
"The Wit of Women" by Kate Sanborn
This absurdity comes from the celebrated anaconda Mississippi-Atlantic strategy.
"Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862" by Adam Gurowski
They seemed to him as if they reached almost clean across the cabin, like two great anacondas going to swallow up the Widow.
"First Fam'lies of the Sierras" by Joaquin Miller
ANACONDA, a town of the United States, Montana, with the largest copper-smelting works in the world.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various
Hereafter oil men would speak of the Snake Creek field as copper men spoke of Anaconda or gold men of the Yukon.
"The Law of Hemlock Mountain" by Hugh Lundsford
It was then and there that the great anaconda of secession and rebellion had its back broken.
"The Boy Spy" by Joseph Kerby
The anaconda is drawing his folds around us.
"Memoirs of Service Afloat, During the War Between the States" by Raphael Semmes
What you've seen is an anaconda.
"Afloat in the Forest" by Mayne Reid
This great anaconda, my boy, may remind hellish readers of the anaconda once seen by a chap of my acquaintance living in the Sixth Ward.
"The Orpheus C. Kerr Papers. Series 1" by Robert H. Newell
A manikin for a large snake, like an anaconda or python, is best made of excelsior, and its exact form secured by sewing through it with a needle.
"Taxidermy and Zoological Collecting" by William T. Hornaday
It shall be like the anaconda.
"The City of Masks" by George Barr McCutcheon
An anaconda is but the faint spark of intelligence only awakened into desire to swallow and digest.
"Human Animals" by Frank Hamel
I pin my faith to the tail of General Scott's anaconda.
"Miss Ravenel's conversion from secession to loyalty" by J. W. de Forest
He eats like an Anaconda.
"Love Letters of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Volume 2 of 2" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Pythons are found in India, the islands of the Malay archipelago, and Australia, while the boas and anacondas live in the tropics of America.
"Elementary Zoology, Second Edition" by Vernon L. Kellogg

In news:

Remarkable images show the enormous 26-foot anacondas of Mato Grosso in Brazil searching for prey in the murky depths.
At least you can see the anacondas clearly and know what they're doing, said Banfi.
Con Gallagher, Anaconda 's sales director, says: Invest NI's support for our drive to develop and market our machinery has been tremendously important to the business.
General-in-Chief Winfield Scott's Anaconda Plan called for the early blockading of sea ports and the Mississippi River to strangle the rebellion.
The Anaconda in the Chandelier.
At its peak, the Anaconda Company controlled mining, forests, the government and the media in Montana.
The Foreign Office spends £10,000 re-stuffing an old snake named Albert, deeming the dead anaconda "essential maintenance of a historical asset".
The decision Aug 25 by Renato "Babalu" Sobral not to release an anaconda choke he had on David Heath didn't go unnoticed by Dana White.
General Winfield Scott 's Anaconda Plan.
Anaconda police arrested 42-year-old Mary Corley of Butte .
YouTube video got anaconda's goat — not a cow being vomited.
Diver Braves Snake Infested Waters in Brazil to Snap Pics of 26 Foot Long Anaconda.
Brave diver and snake enthusiast Franco Banfi captured images of an enormous anaconda snake lurking beneath murky waters of a river in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil.
A man suspected of stealing a pickup at gunpoint from an Anaconda resident has been apprehended 41-year-old William Schmidt was arrested in Glendive after keeping authorities at bay for two hours.
Anaconda Police are searching for an armed and dangerous 41-year-old man, who reportedly took a pickup truck from another man at gunpoint.