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 include the albino Burmese python, Kenyan sand boa, Flemish giant rabbits, rose-haired tarantula, African pygmy hedgehogs, bearded dragon and Madagascar hissing cockroaches, among others.
The AP said the apparent stunt with an inflatable ball might have also involved a boa constrictor, which hasn’t been found, but an empty snake cage was found in Jones’ parked van.
Wearing colorful attire, usually including a boa, Smith works the crowd with his charisma.
The festival also included Animals for Awareness, featuring such animals as a boa snake, tortoises and domestic skunk, Dumpster Drummers, a bounce house and educational booths.
Her parents even bought a wall-to-wall terrarium, filling it with three massive snakes: a Burmese python, an anaconda and a boa constrictor.
D.C. police called for help with a boa constrictor that was found inside an aquarium tank left in the woods.
A Northern rubber boa is in residence in Bosworth’s office.
Fans clad in boas, bangles and bowlers were everywhere.
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Origin and Etymology of boa
Latin, a water snake
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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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