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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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,, "Best lawn games for adults," 3 Apr. 2021 Or a bowl of caldo de bola, always served on Wednesdays. New York Times, "How an Ecuadorean Soup Inspired a Restaurant," 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, "This spider accelerates faster than a rocket," 13 May 2019 Todd's obituary encourages mourners to wear bola ties in his honor. Riley Murdock, azcentral, "Former state lawmaker Doug Todd, who paved the way for Arizona freeways, has died," 5 June 2019 Los ultras rusos han exhibido toda su violencia: han lanzado botellas, palos, bengalas, bolas de golf..., "Police Officer Dies of Heart Attack After Spartak Moscow, Athletic Bilbao Fan Riot," 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, "Spider genes put a new spin on arachnids’ potent venoms, stunning silks, and surprising history," 19 Oct. 2017 As fantastical as his gadgets often were—explosive bolas! Erik Malinowski, WIRED, "The Evolution of the Bond Gadget, From Insane to Reasonable," 6 Nov. 2015

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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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16 Apr 2021

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“Bola.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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