(?), n. [NL., fr. L. Python the serpent slain near Delphi by Apollo, Gr. .] 1. (Zol.) Any species of very large snakes of the genus Python, and allied genera, of the family Pythonid. They are nearly allied to the boas. Called also rock snake.
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The pythons have small pelvic bones, or anal spurs, two rows of subcaudal scales, and pitted labials. They are found in Africa, Asia, and the East Indies.
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2. A diviner by spirits. "[Manasses] observed omens, and appointed pythons." 4 Kings xxi. 6 (Douay version).
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