• WordNet 3.6
    • n boa any of several chiefly tropical constrictors with vestigial hind limbs
    • n boa a long thin fluffy scarf of feathers or fur
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The big differences between pythons and boa constrictors: pythons are longer and lay eggs. Boas give birth to live babies.
    • Boa (Zoöl) A genus of large American serpents, including the boa constrictor, the emperor boa of Mexico (Boa imperator), and the chevalier boa of Peru (Boa eques).
    • Boa A long, round fur tippet; -- so called from its resemblance in shape to the boa constrictor.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: - Number of boas, cobras and pythons used in the film: 7,500
    • n boa [capitalized] In herpetology, a genus of very large non-venomous serpents, of the family Boidæ, notable for their power of constriction. It was formerly nearly coextensive with the modern family, and included all the boas, anacondas, etc., but is now restricted to certain South American species congeneric with Boa constrictor. The genus includes some of the largest known serpents (sometimes more than 20 feet long), capable of enveloping and crushing mammals as large as a deer.
    • n boa In ordinary language, some large serpent, as a boa-constrictor, anaconda, or python; any member of the family Boidæ or Pythonidæ.
    • n boa A long and slender cylindrical wrap of fur, worn by women round the neck.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Boa bō′a a genus of serpents which includes the largest species of serpents (the Boa-Constric′tor), which kill their prey by constriction or pressure: a long serpent-like coil of fur, feathers, or the like, worn round the neck by ladies.
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  • Allen Ginsberg
    Allen Ginsberg
    “Democracy! Bah! When I hear that word I reach for my feather Boa!”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. boa, a kind of water serpent. Perh. fr. bos, an ox
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Perh. conn. with L. bos, an ox.


In literature:

That's partly because of its cloaks and muffs and boas of trumpet-creeper and ivy.
"The Lightning Conductor Discovers America" by C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
It was thick as a boa-constrictor, and the shepherd took a full hour to adjust the noose and get the gallows into working order.
"The Monkey That Would Not Kill" by Henry Drummond
The machinery and engine are at present taking their periodical doze like a great boa constrictor.
"The Pearl of the Antilles, or An Artist in Cuba" by Walter Goodman
He stood up in the cart lashing his tail, and now and then curling it round the neck of the driver like a huge boa.
"The Last Voyage" by Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
Between the lion and the boa constrictor, Harry was certainly lost.
"The Big Nightcap Letters" by Frances Elizabeth Barrow
About her shoulders was a feather boa.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
Why, you must have been gorging yourself like a boa-constrictor, and been sleeping it off.
"The Vast Abyss" by George Manville Fenn
The other monster, of which I have promised a description, is the boa-constrictor.
"Adventures in the Philippine Islands" by Paul P. de La Gironière
Boas, Franz: The Mind of Primitive Man.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
Therefore Rubens and Michael Angelo made the fiery serpents huge boa constrictors, and knotted the sufferers together with them.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume III (of 3)" by John Ruskin

In poetry:

The little Millwins attend the Russian Ballet.
The mauve and greenish souls of the little Millwins
Were seen lying along the upper seats
Like so many unused boas.
"Les Millwin" by Ezra Pound

In news:

According to engineers at Group Rotalec, one major advantage of using the BOAs is the ease with which they and other operators can program and re-program the application.
Boa - control eat you up.
BoA 's Crystallized Nails.
Then, on a couple of select fingers, BoA 's had them black-tipped and crystallized.
Make sure you're on the lookout for BoA 's album, coming in 2009, and if you've heard "Eat You Up" or any of her other music, let us know what you think below.
BoA won't expand loans for McD franchisees.
Vero Beach authorities say boas can kill a cat or dog easily.
10-foot boa captured on Old Dixie Hwy.
Combined with BOA 's wealth management group, it has about $230 billion under management nation- wide and about $3 billion in Michigan, said John Irwin, city executive in charge of private wealth management in Michigan.
The North Face Arnuva 50 & Arnuva 50 Boa .
M 8-12, 13, 14 W 6-11, 12 $109, $125 for BOA version.
Either way, the Boa 's stainless-steel blade holds the edge you put on it and resists corrosion.
During the test session of the Boa , it was subjected to some extreme use.
Dogs, Cats and a Boa Constrictor, Singing.
Twice Olympic 1,500 meters champion Sebastian Coe was elected unopposed as chairman of the British Olympic Association (BOA) on Wednesday after masterminding the highly successful 2012 London Games.

In science:

Boas R P, Quasi-positive sequences and trigonometric series, Proc.
A note on absolute summability factors
This property comes up naturally as a sufficiency condition for global regularity of the Bergman pro jection, see [Boa-Str91, Her-McN06].
A note on plurisubharmonic defining functions in C^2
Phylogenetic relationships ofthe dwarf boas and a comparison of bayesian and bootstrap measures of phylogeneticsupport.
Bayesian posterior probabilities: revisited
The data reduction was performed using the BoA (Bolometer Array Analysis Software) software package according to guidelines in the BoA User and Reference Manual (2007)2.
LABOCA mapping of the infrared dark cloud MSXDC G304.74+01.32
Boas, The football player and the infinite series.
There exist multilinear Bohnenblust-Hille constants $(C_{n})_{n=1}^{\infty}$ with $\displaystyle \lim_{n\rightarrow \infty}(C_{n+1}-C_{n}) =0.$