Boiga

noun

Bo·​i·​ga
ˈbōə̇gə
: the type genus of Boigidae

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from New Latin, of obscure origin

Note: Genus name introduced by the Austrian zoologist Leopold Fitzinger (1802-84) in Neue Classification der Reptilien nach ihren natürlichen Verwandtschaften, Vienna, 1826, pp. 31, 60. Fitzinger gives no clue to the origin of the name, a redesignation of Coluber irregularis, defined by Blasius Merrem. A derivation from the genus name Boa is implausible, both because this snake is not closely related to the Boidae and because -iga is not a recognizable suffix.

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“Boiga.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Boiga. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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