\ ˈbō-ə How to pronounce boa (audio) \

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

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In brief moments throughout the visual, Woods and Moore lean into the old school glamour of James’s heyday by donning feather boas and sequined gowns. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Indya Moore Has a Mesmerizing Fashion Moment in Jamila Woods’s New Video," 4 Apr. 2019 Perhaps with feather boa cuffs (cut one apart and sew for simple bracelets), a wide belt, and even a touch of fun face paint or makeup? Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "How to Make a Wicked-Easy Witch Costume for Halloween," 1 Aug. 2018 Sporting a fright wig, a feather boa, and a baggy dress (designed to obscure her svelte figure), Diller was unabashedly outlandish. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," 16 Dec. 2018 Do her proud with the palette's middle-left shade, add a boa on Halloween, and you're set. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "This Eyeshadow Palette Was Made for Mamma Mia Halloween Costumes," 5 Oct. 2018 His father headed home to celebrate New Year's Eve, while Ivana put a boa and a mink over her hospital gown and went to visit a girlfriend recovering from back surgery on another floor of the hospital. Julia Ioffe, GQ, "The Real Story of Donald Trump Jr.," 21 June 2018 Atop the piano is sprawled an older woman in a feather boa. Leah Beckmann, The Cut, "Magic Mike Live: Las Vegas," 21 June 2018 At one point, one of the dancers runway-style walked down the platform with a boa made of dollars bills. Kendra Parks,, "Tank and the Bangas hype the Acura Stage crowd for the first time," 5 May 2018 Snakes, like the rose gold Round Island keel-scaled boa and the shimmery Madagascar blindsnake, are also in danger of extinction. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "Turtle With Green Mohawk Faces Extinction," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of boa

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for boa

Latin, a water snake

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boa constrictor

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English Language Learners Definition of boa

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


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Kids Definition of boa

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

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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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