[boh-luh s]

noun, plural bo·las [boh-luh z] /ˈboʊ ləz/, bo·las·es [boh-luh-siz] /ˈboʊ lə sɪz/. (used with a singular verb)



noun, plural bo·las [boh-luh z] /ˈboʊ ləz/.

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.

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. 2019

Related Words for bolas

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

Examples from the Web for bolas

Historical Examples of bolas

  • The part of the river into which it was thrown is still called "Bolas's hole."

    Bygone Punishments

    William Andrews

  • He needed no other preparation than to get hold of his bolas,—that was his favourite weapon.

  • He had been swinging the bolas around his head for more than forty years!

  • Don José told us that they are hunted with the bolas, as cattle are in the plains.

  • Our arms consisted of rifles, shot-guns, the bolas, and lasso.

British Dictionary definitions for bolas


bolas (ˈbəʊləs)

noun plural -las or -lases

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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