Definition of boa in English:

boa

Syllabification: bo·a
Pronunciation: /ˈbōə
 
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noun

1A constrictor snake that bears live young and may reach great size, native to America, Africa, Asia, and some Pacific islands.
  • Family Boidae, several genera and numerous species. See also boa constrictor
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  • It's the smaller size of the boas found on certain Central American islands.
  • They will include pythons, cobras, sand boas, snakes and monitor lizards.
  • Examples of such dwarfism or gigantism include the giant tortoises of the Seychelles islands, Indonesia's Komodo dragons, and the boas of the Belizean Snake Cayes.
1.1Any snake that is a constrictor.
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  • Their analysis also indicated, however, that the two snakes were not primitive ancestors, but advanced snakes similar to modern boas and pythons.
  • They are also preyed upon by mammalian predators such as cats, and by snakes such as boas and anacondas.
  • Non-venomous snakes like boas and pythons grab their prey and squeeze them to death.
2 (also feather boa) A long, thin decorative scarf or stole made of feathers or a similar material: a sequined ballgown and feather boa
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  • But instead I have gone with a more traditional flapper look, tassely little dress, feather boa, long black gloves, cigarette holder, fishnet stockings.
  • She is always dressing up with feather boas and high heels.
  • There was a feather boa around her neck as she played and I sang ‘good-bye, good-bye forever’ and it was a wonderful evening.

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin (mentioned in the writings of Pliny), of unknown ultimate origin.

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