- 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 boa
Most of them had picked their own clothes without a stylist, so there was a lot of boa and fringe and sparkles.Joan Rivers Won't Shut Up (Thank God)
January 24, 2011
Mack, according to reports, used his winnings to fill his home with Rottweilers, tarantulas, and a boa constrictor.Lotto Death Curse
February 19, 2010
Between the lion and the boa constrictor, Harry was certainly lost.The Big Nightcap Letters
Frances Elizabeth Barrow
Into the Boa Constrictor Peckham plunged the next morning, for all he was worth.Peak and Prairie
That feather from the boa, and the perfume, were sufficient evidence of her visit.The Doctor of Pimlico
William Le Queux
And, if you don't mind, I'll lend you a white feather hat and boa.Sarah's School Friend
She would not look at him more; he would hear her voice no more: Boa lay there, dead!The Book of One Syllable
- 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 boa
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.