noun, plural bo·as.
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.
Mack, according to reports, used his winnings to fill his home with Rottweilers, tarantulas, and a boa constrictor.
Did you ever see the boa constrictor fed at the Zoological Gardens?Armadale|Wilkie Collins
About a year ago Mr. and Mrs. M. were away for six weeks, and left the boa in charge of a keeper at the Zoo.Animal Intelligence|George J. Romanes
And you can have that boa you are fiddling with, if you like.The Celebrity at Home|Violet Hunt
You might as well refuse to accept the embraces of a boa constrictor when once it gets round your neck.Man And Superman|George Bernard Shaw
The great snake described by Schmidt must be the Boa, which lives near the watering-places waiting for its prey.The Conquest of the River Plate (1535-1555)|Ulrich Schmidt
British Dictionary definitions for boa
Word Origin for boa
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.