a very long, heavy South American boa (Eunectes murinus) that lives in trees and water
Origin of anacondaearlier anacandaia ; from Sinhalese henacandāya, literally , lightning-stem, a snake of Sri Lanka: name later transferred to this South American boa
Any of several nonvenomous, semiaquatic snakes of the genus Eunectes of tropical South America that kill by coiling around their prey, especially E. murinus, which can attain a length of up to 9 meters (29.5 feet).
Origin of anacondaEarlier, a large snake of Sri Lanka, from New Latin anacandaia, from Sinhalese he&nlowdot;akandayā : he&nlowdot;a, thunderbolt (from Middle Indic asa&nlowdot;i, from Sanskrit aśani&hlowdot;; see ak- in Indo-European roots) + kanda, stem, trunk, body (from Middle Indic khandha-, from Sanskrit skandha&hlowdot;, shoulder, upper back).
From the Sinhalese [script?] (henakandaya, “one with large body”), a species of constrictor found in Sri Lanka.