[ boh-uh ]
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noun,plural bo·as.
  1. any of several nonvenomous, chiefly tropical constrictors of the family Boidae, having vestigial hind limbs at the base of the tail.

  2. a scarf or stole of feathers, fur, or fabric.

Origin of boa

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin: water adder

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British Dictionary definitions for boa


/ (ˈbəʊə) /

  1. 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

  2. a woman's long thin scarf, usually of feathers or fur

Origin of boa

C19: from New Latin, from Latin: a large Italian snake, water snake

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