\ ˈbō-ə How to pronounce boa (audio) \

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

Examples of boa in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the pictures, she is seen posing on a couch while wearing an inky black PVC dress featuring a keyhole chest cutout, a thigh-high leg slit, and a frilly boa trim at the end of the sleeves. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 July 2022 Sequined and feather-boa-wrapped dancers twirled across the stage, the horn section blasted out a brassy melody and dual percussionists pounded out a funky groove. Journal Sentinel, 3 July 2022 The calls come in for snakes of all varieties, including nonvenomous gopher, garter, king, racer, rosy boa and rat snakes. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Apr. 2022 The introduction of non-native species of rabbits and goats to the island destroyed vegetation and upset the boa’s habitat, leading to its eventual extinction. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, 21 Apr. 2022 Celeb stylist Karla Welch also put Ross in a pair of bright yellow Louboutin pumps, which matched the neon yellow and dusty blue boa trim that trailed the length of the dress's long sleeves and chest. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 20 Apr. 2022 Bardem, 46, rocked a blue feather boa and glittery blue cowboy hat while dancing and play-flirting with Bono. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 27 Mar. 2022 On this perfect spring day, fingers of feather boa and giant bladder kelp swayed beneath my kayak. Shawnté Salabert, Outside Online, 23 June 2021 Then the boa unhinges its jaw and swallows the prey whole. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 24 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Boa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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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