boa

[ boh-uh ]
/ ˈboʊ ə /

noun, plural bo·as.

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

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin: water adder
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boa

/ (ˈbəʊə) /

noun

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 for boa

C19: from New Latin, from Latin: a large Italian snake, water snake
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Word Origin and History for boa

boa


n.

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.

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