anaconda /ˌanəˈkɒndə/

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I. noun

a semiaquatic snake of the boa family which may grow to a great size, native to tropical South America.

●Genus Eunectes, family Boidae: several species.
– origin mid 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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