- Franz [frahnts] /frɑnts/, 1858–1942, U.S. anthropologist, born in Germany.
- any of several nonvenomous, chiefly tropical constrictors of the family Boidae, having vestigial hind limbs at the base of the tail.
- a scarf or stole of feathers, fur, or fabric.
Origin of boa
Examples from the Web for boas
The bright fur accessories include fur bowties, boas, and camera straps.Gisele Lands New Campaign, 'Anorexxxy' Sunglasses Are a Thing
The Fashion Beast Team
February 5, 2013
There are jaguars in there, and boas—serpents ten yards in length.Boy Scouts in the Canal Zone
G. Harvey Ralphson
The incorrigible and merciless Mr Boas does not let this pass.
The boas, for example, have no less than three hundred and four!The Animal World, A Book of Natural History
Both Boas and Weir were believed to be "short" of the stock.My Adventures with Your Money
George Graham Rice
Tobias and Boas, however, are the best hunters of the village.Eskimo Life
- Franz (frants). 1858–1942, US anthropologist, born in Germany. He made major contributions to cultural and linguistic anthropology in studies of North American Indians, including The Mind of Primitive Man (1911; 1938)
- any large nonvenomous snake of the family Boidae, most of which occur in Central and South America and the Caribbean. They have vestigial hind limbs and kill their prey by constriction
- a woman's long thin scarf, usually of feathers or fur
Word Origin and History for boas
late 14c., "large snake," from Latin boa, type of large serpent mentioned in Pliny's "Natural History;" origin unknown (in Middle English folk etymology associated with Greek bous "ox"). Extension to "snake-like coil of fur worn by ladies" is from 1836. Boa constrictor so called from 1788.
- German-born American anthropologist who emphasized the systematic analysis of culture and language structures.