Definition of boa in English:

boa

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Pronunciation: /ˈbəʊə
 
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noun

  • 1A constrictor snake which bears live young and may reach great size, native to America, Africa, Asia, and some Pacific islands.
    • Family Boidae, several genera and numerous species.
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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.
  • 1.1(In general use) any snake which 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.
  • 2A long, thin stole of feathers or fur worn around a woman’s neck, typically as part of evening dress.
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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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