• WordNet 3.6
    • n constrictor any of various large nonvenomous snakes that kill their prey by crushing it in its coils
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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.
    • Constrictor (Anat) A muscle which contracts or closes an orifice, or which compresses an organ; a sphincter.
    • Constrictor (Zoöl) A serpent that kills its prey by inclosing and crushing it with its folds; as, the boa constrictor .
    • Constrictor That which constricts, draws together, or contracts.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n constrictor That which constricts, contracts, or draws together; specifically, in anatomy, a muscle which draws parts together, or closes an opening; a sphincter: as, the constrictor of the esophagus.
    • n constrictor A large serpent which envelops and crushes its prey in its folds: as, the boa-constrictor. See boa.
    • n constrictor The technical specific name of the common black-snake of North America, Bascanion constrictor. See cut under black-snake.
    • constrictor Acting as a constrictor; constricting: as, a constrictor muscle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Constrictor that which constricts or draws together: a large serpent which crushes its prey in its folds—the Boa-constrictor (q.v.)
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. constringĕre, constrictum.


In literature:

That there boa-constrictor was quite a hundred foot long.
"Middy and Ensign" by G. Manville Fenn
BASCANION CONSTRICTOR, recognition of individuals by, 75; bird decorates its nest with skin of, 127.
"The Dawn of Reason" by James Weir
The man opposite Dick, in particular, was a human boa-constrictor.
"The Dog Crusoe and his Master" by R.M. Ballantyne
A forty-foot constrictor once was swallowing a goat, and having lots of trouble, for the horns stuck in his throat.
"Rippling Rhymes" by Walt Mason
Boa-Constrictors are also found, but they are rare, and I have never seen one in freedom.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
A boa constrictor, as large around as a barrel, and with most of its body hidden in the tree!
"Gold Seekers of '49" by Edwin L. Sabin
I put her arms around my neck and made her squeeze me, and I called her a divine boa constrictor.
"Old Ebenezer" by Opie Read
Inferior constrictor of pharynx.
"Surgical Anatomy" by Joseph Maclise
You may play once too often with that big constrictor which you let twine about your waist.
"Joe Strong, the Boy Fish" by Vance Barnum
That's a constrictor, and it can crush an ox!
"Ned, Bob and Jerry on the Firing Line" by Clarence Young

In news:

Border Patrol agents find 6-foot boa constrictor near La Paloma.
Lost six-foot long boa constrictor has been found.
Boa constrictor abandoned in Mastic.
We can now add boa constrictor to the list of reptiles crawling around Long Island.
Boa constrictor s — whose average sizes are 13 feet long and 60 pounds, according to National Geographic — are normally found in Central and South America.
Dogs, Cats and a Boa Constrictor , Singing.
0A six-foot red-tailed boa constrictor that was reported missing from Davis County High School earlier this summer has been found.
Boa constrictor discovered in couple's storage unit.
Couple was shocked to see a 15-foot boa constrictor in their storage locker.
Actress Angelina Jolie of the US and actor Colin Farrell take on a boa constrictor while appearing on the popular German TV show 'Wetten, Dass'.
West Fargo won't allow constrictor snakes in city.
City leaders in West Fargo are refusing to allow constrictor snakes as pets in the city.
Hornell police officers Curtis Stanford, Jr, left and Mike Hoyt, right, prepare to remove a dead boa constrictor from the Canisteo River.
It features creatures from Madagascar including ring-tailed lemurs, a Nile crocodile , giant geckos, boa constrictors and parrots.
But this isn't one of the giant constrictors of the tropics, big enough to swallow a deer.