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in Greek mythology, a huge serpent. In some myths the infant ApolloApollo
, in Greek religion and mythology, one of the most important Olympian gods, concerned especially with prophecy, medicine, music and poetry, archery, and various bucolic arts, particularly the care of flocks and herds.
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 slew Python at the oracle of Gaea in Delphi; in others Apollo killed the serpent in order to claim the oracle for himself. The Pythian games celebrated the victory of Apollo over Python.

python

(pī`thŏn), name for nonvenomous constrictor snakes of the boaboa
, name for live-bearing constrictor snakes of the family Boidae, found mostly in the Americas. This family, which also comprises the egg-laying pythons of the Old World, includes the largest of all snakes, as well as many smaller ones.
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 family, found in the tropical regions of Africa, Asia, Australia, and the S Pacific islands. Pythons climb and swim expertly. They kill the birds and mammals on which they feed by squeezing them in their coils. Unlike boas, pythons are egg layers. The female coils her body over the eggs for the six to eight week incubation period. The reticulated, or royal, python, Python reticulatus, of SE Asia, Indonesia, and the Philippines is one of the largest snakes in the world and may reach a length of 30 ft (9 m) or more. It is often found in towns as well as in the forest. The Burmese python, P. molurus bivittatus, native to S and SE Asia but often kept as pets, may reach 19 ft (6 m) in length. Released into the wild in S Florida, it has become an invasive species in the Everglades. Pythons are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Reptilia, order Squamata, family Boidae.
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in Greek mythology, a monstrous serpent, offspring of the goddess Gaea. It was killed by Apollo, who founded the Delphic oracle on the site of his victory and received the name of Pythius.

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python

[′pī‚thän]
(vertebrate zoology)
The common name for members of the reptilian subfamily Pythoninae.
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python

nonvenomous jungle snake crushes its victims. [Zoology: NCE, 2252]

python

huge serpent which sprang from stagnant waters after the Deluge. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 227]
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python

any large nonvenomous snake of the family Pythonidae of Africa, S Asia, and Australia, such as Python reticulatus (reticulated python). They can reach a length of more than 20 feet and kill their prey by constriction
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Python

1. <language> A simple, high-level interpreted language invented by Guido van Rossum <guido@cwi.nl> in 1991. Python combines ideas from ABC, C, Modula-3 and Icon. It bridges the gap between C and shell programming, making it suitable for rapid prototyping or as an extension language for C applications. It is object-oriented and supports packages, modules, classes, user-defined exceptions, a good C interface, dynamic loading of C modules and has no arbitrary restrictions.

Python is available for many platforms, including Unix, Windows, DOS, OS/2, Macintosh and Amoeba.

Latest version: 2.5, as of 2007-02-21.

http://python.org/.

Usenet newsgroup: news:comp.lang.python.
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Python

A popular, object-oriented scripting language widely used for writing artificial intelligence (AI) applications. Python is also used to develop system utilities, Internet scripts, as well as to integrate components in C and C++. Created by Guido van Rossum in Amsterdam in the early 1990s, it was named after the BBC comedy series "Monty Python's Flying Circus."

Python is an interpreted language that compiles to bytecode and requires a "virtual machine" for runtime execution. It uses elements from C, C++ and Modula and supports interfaces to popular functions and libraries such as Unix sockets, the Tk GUI library, Microsoft Foundation Classes (MFC) and X11. See bytecode, CPython, Jython, Cython and PyPy.

The following example converts Fahrenheit to centigrade in Python.

  printf("Enter Fahrenheit: ")
  fahr = float(input)
  cell = ((fahr -32) * 5 / 9, 1)
  printf("Celsius is {}".format(cell))
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