Definition of boa
1 : any of a family (Boidae) of large snakes that kill by constriction and that includes the boa constrictor, anaconda, and python
2 : a long fluffy scarf
Recent Examples of boa from the Web
A Northern rubber boa is in residence in Bosworth’s office.
Fans clad in boas, bangles and bowlers were everywhere.
Scientists recently discovered a species of snake, the Cuban boa, that launch coordinated attacks using teamwork to catch its prey, marking the first time the behavior has been documented in snakes.
The boas, which are harmless to people, appeared to very deliberately space themselves out, Dinets said.
Among them: the time a student took to the stage at a graduation ceremony wearing nothing but a boa constrictor.
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Origin and Etymology of boa
Latin, a water snake
First Known Use: 14th century
BOA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of boa for English Language Learners
: a long scarf that is made of fur, feathers, or cloth
BOA Defined for Kids
Definition of boa for Students
: a large snake (as a python) that coils around and crushes its prey
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