Origin of bola
1835–45; < Spanish: ball < Old Provençal < Latin bulla bubble, knob; see boil1
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Bola, and in the box on our right a man and a woman who had not taken off their masks.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
Because, so far as is known to me, no other Chaco Indians but they use the bola perdida.
But to the bola there is no cord attached, nor mark of where one has ever been.
Son of Mem Loimis, you will be a bola heris; you will be a great gambler.Creation Myths of Primitive America
It is also suggested that the name is derived from bola (anklets), as the women wear heavy brass anklets.Castes and Tribes of Southern India
- a missile used by gauchos and Indians of South America, consisting of two or more heavy balls on a cord. It is hurled at a running quarry, such as an ox or rhea, so as to entangle its legs
Spanish: ball, from Latin bulla knob
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