Origin of bola
1835–45; < Spanish: ball < Old Provençal < Latin bulla bubble, knob; see boil1
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Examples from the Web for bolas
The part of the river into which it was thrown is still called "Bolas's hole."Bygone Punishments
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.On the Banks of the Amazon
Our arms consisted of rifles, shot-guns, the bolas, and lasso.Our Home in the Silver West
- 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
Spanish: ball, from Latin bulla knob
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