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