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

  • n. One that constricts, as a muscle that contracts or compresses a part or organ of the body.
  • n. Any of various snakes, such as the python or boa, that tightly coil around and asphyxiate their prey.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. That which constricts or tightens.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which constricts, draws together, or contracts.
  • n. A muscle which contracts or closes an orifice, or which compresses an organ; a sphincter.
  • n. A serpent that kills its prey by inclosing and crushing it with its folds.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That which constricts, contracts, or draws together; specifically, in anatomy, a muscle which draws parts together, or closes an opening; a sphincter: as, the constrictor of the esophagus.
  • n. A large serpent which envelops and crushes its prey in its folds: as, the boa-constrictor. See boa.
  • n. The technical specific name of the common black-snake of North America, Bascanion constrictor. See cut under black-snake.
  • Acting as a constrictor; constricting: as, a constrictor muscle.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various large nonvenomous snakes that kill their prey by crushing it in its coils

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