Meaning of CONSTRICTOR in English


kənzˈtriktə(r), kənˈstr- noun

( -s )

Etymology: New Latin, from Latin constrictus + -or — more at constrict

: one that constricts: as

a. : a muscle that contracts a cavity or orifice or compresses an organ

b. : a snake that kills its prey by rhythmically compressing it in coils of the body until the heartbeat and respiration are checked ; especially : a member of the Boidae (as the boa constrictor or the anaconda)

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