Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Greek Mythology A dragon or serpent that was the tutelary demon of the oracular cult at Delphi until killed and expropriated by Apollo.
  • n. A soothsaying spirit or demon.
  • n. A person possessed by such a spirit.

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  • proper n. The earth-dragon of Delphi, represented as a serpent, killed by Apollo.
  • proper n. A programming language invented by Guido van Rossum, named after Monty Python.
  • proper n. The British comedy troupe Monty Python.
  • proper n. A member of Monty Python: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones or Michael Palin; referred to collectively as The Pythons.

Etymologies

Latin Pȳthōn, from Greek Pūthōn.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek Πύθων (Puthōn), from Πυθώ (Pūthō), the early name of Delphi, from πυθώ (puthō, "to rot, to decay"). (Wiktionary)

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