boa definition

  • noun:
    • any one of different large, nonvenomous, chiefly exotic snakes for the family Boidae, which includes the python, anaconda, boa constrictor, and other snakes that coil around and suffocate their particular prey.
    • A long fluffy scarf manufactured from soft product, like fur or feathers.
    • Any of several large American snakes, regarding the genus Boa, such as the boa-constrictor, the emperor boa of Mexico, therefore the chevalier boa of Peru.
    • A type of scarf usually made from feathers.
    • A genus of big American serpents, including the boa constrictor, the emperor boa of Mexico (Boa imperator), therefore the chevalier boa of Peru (Boa eques).
    • an extended, round fur tippet; -- so called from its similarity fit towards boa constrictor.
    • [capitalized] In herpetology, a genus of large non-venomous serpents, of the household Boidæ, notable for their energy of constriction.
    • In ordinary language, some huge serpent, as a boa-constrictor, anaconda, or python; any relation Boidæ or Pythonidæ.
    • an extended and slender cylindrical wrap of fur, donned by females round the neck.
    • a lengthy thin fluffy scarf of feathers or fur
    • any one of a few chiefly tropical constrictors with vestigial hind limbs

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