boa constrictor


Definition of boa constrictor

: a tropical American boa (Boa constrictor synonym Constrictor constrictor) that is light brown barred or mottled with darker brown and reaches a length of 10 feet (3 meters) or more broadly : boa sense 1

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Recent Examples on the Web That’s when Alabama slowly squeezed the life out of teams like a boa constrictor. John Talty |, al, 31 Dec. 2021 Andy Snider, curator of herpetology and aquatics at the Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo, said Argentine boas are a subspecies of boa constrictor that, as the name suggests, are native to portions of Argentina. Jennifer Johnson,, 1 Nov. 2021 The landscapers discovered a large boa constrictor hiding in the outdoor plants of a home on the 7600 block of North Oketo Avenue on the afternoon of Oct. 27, Niles police said. Jennifer Johnson,, 1 Nov. 2021 Then came Tarantula Ghoul, who featured in comedy sketches (often with a boa constrictor) before introducing old horror movies. oregonlive, 6 Oct. 2021 In the accompanying video, Eilish sings directly to the camera on a mountainside, before slowly being entangled by a boa constrictor. Zoe Christen Jones, CBS News, 13 Sep. 2021 An 8-foot boa constrictor that went missing in early July in Tooele apparently didn’t go far, the Tooele City police say. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Aug. 2021 Tyson, who usually does between 30 and 40 shows a year, and his co-workers had numerous animals available to be touched including an alligator (with its mouth taped shut), a ball python and a Colombian red tail boa constrictor. Chris Perkins,, 29 May 2021 Millennials are passing through the U.S. economy like an elephant being digested by a boa constrictor. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 27 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of boa constrictor

1771, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of boa constrictor

: a large brown snake that crushes the animals it eats by squeezing them with its body and that lives in the tropical regions of Central and South America


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