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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Travel pillows compound the folly by enveloping the neck with a felt boa constrictor. Karen Heller, Washington Post, "We need the travel pillow. But we hate the travel pillow.," 9 Sep. 2019 Travel pillows compound the folly by enveloping the neck with a felt boa constrictor. Karen Heller, The Know, "We need the travel pillow. But we hate the travel pillow.," 15 Sep. 2019 Jones died in 2017 at 53 years old after attempting to go over the falls again, this time inside an inflatable ball with his pet boa constrictor, Misty. Allyson Chiu, Anchorage Daily News, "A man was swept over Niagara’s Horseshoe Falls, police say. He survived.," 10 July 2019 Hummel Road: Four boa constrictor snakes were reported stolen at about 12:50 p.m. Aug. 11 from the Cleveland Reptile Show & Sale at the UAW Local 1250 hall, 17250 Hummel. Bob Sandrick,, "Boy steals boa constrictors at snake show; drunk man licks arm of police officer: Brook Park police blotter," 23 Aug. 2019 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says boa constrictors, especially red-tailed boas, are common in the pet trade in the state. Tiffini Theisen,, "8-foot boa constrictor slithers through Florida neighborhood before cop bags it and turns it in," 24 June 2019 Campers met snakes, including a yellow boa constrictor, a desert tortoise, and a large lizard called a water monitor, Hummel said. Mary Grace Keller,, "Happy tails: Children learn at Carroll County Humane Society Critter Camp," 15 July 2019 An 8-foot boa constrictor that was found loose near Lake Montebello in Northeast Baltimore on Saturday afternoon was given Tuesday to Wildlife Adventures, a wildlife awareness organization in Baltimore. Juliana Kim,, "'This one here is a doll': Baltimore man finds 8-foot boa constrictor near Lake Montebello, gives it away," 25 June 2019 Pigs raced on a race course of their own, ponies carried toddlers around a small ring, a boa constrictor slithered in a cage and 400 butterflies fluttered inside a giant tent. Steve Rubenstein,, "Horse-racing diehards at Pleasanton track concede sport needs to be made safe in wake of new law," 27 June 2019

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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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