\ˈbō-ə \

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

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His father headed home to celebrate New Year's Eve, while Ivana put a boa and a mink over her hospital gown and went to visit a girlfriend recovering from back surgery on another floor of the hospital. Julia Ioffe, GQ, "The Real Story of Donald Trump Jr.," 21 June 2018 Atop the piano is sprawled an older woman in a feather boa. Leah Beckmann, The Cut, "Magic Mike Live: Las Vegas," 21 June 2018 At one point, one of the dancers runway-style walked down the platform with a boa made of dollars bills. Kendra Parks,, "Tank and the Bangas hype the Acura Stage crowd for the first time," 5 May 2018 Snakes, like the rose gold Round Island keel-scaled boa and the shimmery Madagascar blindsnake, are also in danger of extinction. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Turtle With Green Mohawk Faces Extinction," 13 Apr. 2018 High marks go to the man in green boa leg warmers, green afro wig, green tutu and black roller skates, who averted two wipeouts in a two-block span near Valentine. David Frese, kansascity, "Oh, the things you’ll see on St. Patrick’s Day in Kansas City | The Kansas City Star," 17 Mar. 2018 The boa is now living with a responsible reptile owner who will care for him for the rest of the snake's life. Carly Breit, Country Living, "A Boa Constrictor Lived in a Family's Attic for Years," 11 Aug. 2017 But even better than the light shimmer of her dress (that matches her hair) is the fluffy pale boa. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "I Love the Vanity Fair Oscars After-Party!," 5 Mar. 2018 The rarest boa on Earth has been discovered in the rapidly shrinking Atlantic Forest outside São Paulo. Jonne Roriz, National Geographic, "World's Rarest Boa Rediscovered After 64 Years," 10 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of boa

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for boa

Latin, a water snake

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English Language Learners Definition of boa

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


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Kids Definition of boa

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

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