bo·​la | \ ˈbō-lə How to pronounce bola (audio) \
variants: or bolas \ ˈbō-​ləs How to pronounce bola (audio) \
plural bolas\ ˈbō-​ləz How to pronounce bola (audio) \ also bolases

Definition of bola

: a cord with weights attached to the ends for throwing at and entangling an animal

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Examples of bola in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The rules are very simple: throw your bola (two balls connected by a string) onto the ladder and try to knock down your opponents' bolas. Laura Wheatman Hill,, 3 Apr. 2021 Or a bowl of caldo de bola, always served on Wednesdays. New York Times, 12 Mar. 2020 There are nearly as many uses for silk as there are species of spider (more than 45,000), yet even among silk-throwing bolas spiders, sneaky trapdoor spiders, and even electrostatically powered flying baby spiders, Hyptiotes stands out. Kenrick Vezina, National Geographic, 13 May 2019 Todd's obituary encourages mourners to wear bola ties in his honor. Riley Murdock, azcentral, 5 June 2019 Los ultras rusos han exhibido toda su violencia: han lanzado botellas, palos, bengalas, bolas de golf..., 22 Feb. 2018 By night, the female bolas swings a silken line with a sticky ball at its end while emitting the scent of a female moth to lure and nab male moths. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, 19 Oct. 2017 As fantastical as his gadgets often were—explosive bolas! Erik Malinowski, WIRED, 6 Nov. 2015 See More

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First Known Use of bola

1818, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bola

American Spanish bolas, from Spanish bola ball

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“Bola.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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