Definition of anaconda in English:

anaconda

noun

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

    • ‘Watch as a female anaconda in Venezuela hunts down a capybara - the world's largest rodent - and swallows her meal whole.’
    • ‘While accessible to surrounding tribes, the area remains largely untouched because of the belief that a giant anaconda guards its shores.’
    • ‘Actually, anacondas are slow, shy reptiles, which are found in swamps of South America.’
    • ‘More recently, two giant anacondas vanished from their cages on the very day a major police operation named after them commenced and were just as mysteriously repatriated after a nationwide alarm was raised.’
    • ‘While other snakes can grow longer, they cannot match the anaconda's length and bulk.’
    • ‘Can we look for lions and anacondas to take pictures of?’
    • ‘That man handled everything from anacondas to zebras.’
    • ‘Despite being set in the jungles of Borneo, where anacondas are not known to slither, the film has a host of giant computer-animated specimens, but it doesn't think of much to do with them.’
    • ‘You got the python, Larry, the anaconda and the boa constrictor.’
    • ‘You know the python from Africa and Asia, the anaconda from South America.’
    • ‘I knew, of course, that seasnakes could swim and anacondas lurked the backwaters of the Amazon, but I was unprepared for how fast tiny green snakes could get from a riverbank to us.’
    • ‘Over 60 species can be seen ranging from giant cockroaches to crocodiles and anacondas.’
    • ‘This reptile family includes such notable snakes as anacondas, pythons, and boa constrictors, all big animals notorious for their ability to tackle prey even larger than themselves.’
    • ‘The skin of an anaconda stretches across most of the ceiling.’
    • ‘They are also preyed upon by mammalian predators such as cats, and by snakes such as boas and anacondas.’
    • ‘Even a fearsome spectacled caiman is unable to escape an anaconda's fatal embrace.’
    • ‘The bite of a very large nonpoisonous snake, like a twenty-foot anaconda or python, may be considered dangerous.’
    • ‘Jaguars may have been their most important predators, but some are probably killed by anacondas and caimans.’
    • ‘Snakes were initially heavily muscled, swamp-based creatures much like today's anacondas of South America.’
    • ‘I observe three committed young men strangling their instruments as if wrestling with man-eating anacondas.’

Origin

Mid 18th century (originally denoting a kind of Sri Lankan snake): unexplained alteration of Latin anacandaia python, from Sinhalese henakaňdayā whip snake, from hena lightning + kaňda stem.

Pronunciation:

anaconda

/ˌanəˈkɒndə/