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noun, plural bo·las [boh-luh z] /ˈboʊ ləz/.
  1. Also bolas. a weapon consisting of two or more heavy balls secured to the ends of one or more strong cords, hurled by the Indians and gauchos of southern South America to entangle the legs of cattle and other animals.
  2. bolo tie.

Origin of bola

1835–45; < Spanish: ball < Old Provençal < Latin bulla bubble, knob; see boil1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for bola

blade, knife, sickle, rope, snare, bola, halter, bolo

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bolas (ˈbəʊləs)

noun plural -las or -lases
  1. a missile used by gauchos and Indians of South America, consisting of two or more heavy balls on a cord. It is hurled at a running quarry, such as an ox or rhea, so as to entangle its legs

Word Origin for bola

Spanish: ball, from Latin bulla knob
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