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

Examples of boa constrictor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When one student stumbles across a reference to a boa constrictor, the Bakersfield, Calif., teacher stops to describe how the snake squeezes its prey to death. New York Times, "This School Year Has Been Unlike Any Other," 14 Oct. 2020 Georgia’s defense seems more like a boa constrictor at times due to all of its five-star talent. Christopher Smith, al, "Mac Jones key to Bama covering the spread vs. Georgia," 12 Oct. 2020 Three people have been charged in Tennessee with keeping a toddler in a dog cage surrounded by mice and snakes including a 10-foot boa constrictor, according to reports. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Tennessee deputies find toddler in dog cage; arrest mom, 2 others," 27 June 2020 According to Schreibvogel, the 8-foot-long boa constrictor, named Scooby, and the other snake showed signs of mistreatment. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Before he was Joe Exotic, ‘Tiger King’ star owned Arlington pet store," 2 Apr. 2020 In his research, Bailo encountered one interviewee who wore a boa constrictor around his neck. Anne Fisher, Fortune, "3 ways to put your best foot forward on a video job interview," 10 Apr. 2020 Professional snake wrangler Australian Snake Catchers said on Facebook the boa constrictor, about 8.2 feet long is believed to be loose in the Cascades area of Silverdale. Fox News, "Boa constrictor 'at large' in Australian town, 'freshly shed' skin discovered," 15 Oct. 2019 Tour the Belize Zoo rehabilitation sanctuary at night and observe jaguars, tapirs, and boa constrictors in their natural environments. National Geographic, "Belize Middle School Expedition," 30 Sep. 2019 Costs associated with the real boa constrictor from Alice Cooper's show? Matt Wake, Billboard, "Is That Snake A Write-Off? Inside the World of Rock Star Tax Deductions," 22 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of boa constrictor

1771, in the meaning defined above

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“Boa constrictor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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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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