Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

boa

play
noun \ˈbō-ə\

Simple Definition of boa

  • : a long scarf that is made of fur, feathers, or cloth

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of boa

  1. 1 :  any of a family (Boidae) of large snakes that kill by constriction and that includes the boa constrictor, anaconda, and python

  2. 2 :  a long fluffy scarf

Origin and Etymology of boa

Latin, a water snake


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with boa


BOA Defined for Kids

boa

play
noun \ˈbō-ə\

Definition of boa for Students

  1. :  a large snake (as a python) that coils around and crushes its prey




Learn More about boa


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up boa? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the lowest point

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

fox-in-summer-forest

Which of these is a synonym of inchoate?

formless frightening massive experimental
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ