[ boh-az ]
/ ˈboʊ æz /


Franz [frahnts] /frɑnts/, 1858–1942, U.S. anthropologist, born in Germany.

Definition for boas (2 of 2)

[ 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for boas (1 of 2)

/ (ˈbəʊæz, German ˈboːas) /


Franz (frants). 1858–1942, US anthropologist, born in Germany. He made major contributions to cultural and linguistic anthropology in studies of North American Indians, including The Mind of Primitive Man (1911; 1938)

British Dictionary definitions for boas (2 of 2)

/ (ˈbəʊə) /


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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Science definitions for boas

[ bōăz ]
Franz 1858-1942

German-born American anthropologist who emphasized the systematic analysis of culture and language structures.
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