Part of speech: noun

A large tropical serpent that crushes its prey; a boa or python.

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Usage examples "anaconda":

  1. I did not wish to spend a night in the forest, with a chance of being capsized by an alligator, or cow- fish, or grabbed by an anaconda. - "The Three Lieutenants", W.H.G. Kingston.
  2. Adair naturally hoped pretty much the same, but, on consideration, he could not help suspecting that the ship in sight was the Anaconda, commanded by Commander Allport, his superior officer, for whom, on account of previous circumstances which need not just now be mentioned, he had no special regard. - "The Three Commanders", W.H.G. Kingston.
  3. The Anaconda stood on till, when still at a safe distance from the enemy's shot, she brought her broadside to bear upon the unfortunate little Flash, and commenced practising with her heavy guns. - "The Three Commanders", W.H.G. Kingston.