boa constrictor

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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. bo juyi,
  2. bo tree,
  3. bo's'n,
  4. bo-peep,
  5. boa,
  6. boa vista,
  7. boab,
  8. boabdil,
  9. boac,
  10. boadicea

Origin of boa constrictor

First recorded in 1800–10

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British Dictionary definitions for boa constrictor

boa constrictor

noun

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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