boa constrictor

noun
  1. a snake, Constrictor (Boa) constrictor, of tropical America, noted for its large size and its ability to suffocate a prey by coiling around it.
  2. any large snake of the boa family, as the python or anaconda.

Origin of boa constrictor

First recorded in 1800–10
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boa constrictor

noun
  1. a very large snake, Constrictor constrictor, of tropical America and the Caribbean, that kills its prey by constriction: family Boidae (boas)
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