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[boh-luh s] /ˈboʊ ləs/
noun, plural bolas
[boh-luh z] /ˈboʊ ləz/ (Show IPA),
[boh-luh-siz] /ˈboʊ lə sɪz/ (Show IPA).
(used with a singular verb)
bola (def 1).


[boh-luh] /ˈboʊ lə/
noun, plural bolas
[boh-luh z] /ˈboʊ ləz/ (Show IPA)
Also, bolas. a weapon consisting of two or more heavy balls secured to the ends of one or more strong cords, hurled by the Indians and gauchos of southern South America to entangle the legs of cattle and other animals.
Origin of bola
1835-45; < Spanish: ball < Old Provençal < Latin bulla bubble, knob; see boil1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for bolas
Historical Examples
  • The part of the river into which it was thrown is still called "bolas's hole."

    Bygone Punishments

    William Andrews
  • He needed no other preparation than to get hold of his bolas,—that was his favourite weapon.

    The Forest Exiles Mayne Reid
  • He had been swinging the bolas around his head for more than forty years!

    The Forest Exiles Mayne Reid
  • Don José told us that they are hunted with the bolas, as cattle are in the plains.

    On the Banks of the Amazon W.H.G. Kingston
  • Our arms consisted of rifles, shot-guns, the bolas, and lasso.

  • The Oensmen he describes as giants, armed with a terrible weapon—the “bolas.”

    The Land of Fire Mayne Reid
  • This is used by the Indians in the manufacture of bolas, and an excursion was made to it.

    At Home with the Patagonians George Chaworth Musters
  • The bolas perdidas, bayonet, and lance were the only weapons employed.

    The Tiger-Slayer Gustave Aimard
  • His outfit comprised two weapons of the chase, the "bolas" and the lasso.

  • He was furious with himself for having "lowered himself" to bolas.

    This Freedom A. S. M. Hutchinson
British Dictionary definitions for bolas


noun (pl) -las, -lases
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
Word Origin
Spanish: ball, from Latin bulla knob
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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