boa

noun \ 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

Recent Examples of boa from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'boa.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of boa

Latin, a water snake


BOA Defined for English Language Learners

boa

noun

Definition of boa for English Language Learners

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


BOA Defined for Kids

boa

noun \ ˈbō-ə \

Definition of boa for Students

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


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).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to speak evil of

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Forms of Government Quiz

  • knupfer-painting-solon-before-croesus
  • A gerontocracy is rule by:
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

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

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!