One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A semiaquatic snake of the boa family that may grow to a great size, native to tropical South America.
Genus Eunectes, family Boidae: several species, in particular the green anaconda (E. murinus)
- ‘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.’
- ‘Jaguars may have been their most important predators, but some are probably killed by anacondas and caimans.’
- ‘You got the python, Larry, the anaconda and the boa constrictor.’
- ‘Even a fearsome spectacled caiman is unable to escape an anaconda's fatal embrace.’
- ‘While accessible to surrounding tribes, the area remains largely untouched because of the belief that a giant anaconda guards its shores.’
- ‘Over 60 species can be seen ranging from giant cockroaches to crocodiles and anacondas.’
- ‘Actually, anacondas are slow, shy reptiles, which are found in swamps of South America.’
- ‘Snakes were initially heavily muscled, swamp-based creatures much like today's anacondas of 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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘That man handled everything from anacondas to zebras.’
- ‘While other snakes can grow longer, they cannot match the anaconda's length and bulk.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘You know the python from Africa and Asia, the anaconda from South America.’
- ‘Watch as a female anaconda in Venezuela hunts down a capybara - the world's largest rodent - and swallows her meal whole.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I observe three committed young men strangling their instruments as if wrestling with man-eating anacondas.’
- ‘Can we look for lions and anacondas to take pictures of?’
- ‘The bite of a very large nonpoisonous snake, like a twenty-foot anaconda or python, may be considered dangerous.’
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’.
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