boa

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noun \ˈbō-ə\

Definition of boa

  1. 1 :  any of a family (Boidae) of large snakes that kill by constriction and that includes the boa constrictor, anaconda, and python

  2. 2 :  a long fluffy scarf

Origin and Etymology of boa

Latin, a water snake


First Known Use: 14th century


BOA Defined for English Language Learners

boa

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noun \ˈbō-ə\

Definition of boa for English Language Learners

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


BOA Defined for Kids

boa

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noun \ˈbō-ə\

Definition of boa for Students

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



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