Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Middle English form of bullace.
- A weapon of war and the chase, consisting of two or three balls of stone or metal attached to the ends of strong lines, which are knotted together, used by the Gauchos and Indians of western and southern South America. It is used by throwing it in such a way that the line winds around the object aimed at, as the legs of an animal. A smaller weapon of the same sort is in use among the Eskimos for killing birds.
- n. A throwing weapon made of weights on the ends of interconnected cords, designed to capture animals by entangling their legs.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A kind of missile weapon consisting of one, two, or more balls of stone, iron, or other material, attached to the ends of a leather cord; -- used by the Gauchos of South America, and others, for hurling at and entangling an animal.
- Spanish (Wiktionary)
“Of the lasso or the "bolas," used in South America for capturing certain animals and birds, no description need be given, as this method of trapping is only to be performed by a person trained from childhood to ride and throw the lasso.”
Practical Taxidermy A manual of instruction to the amateur in collecting, preserving, and setting up natural history specimens of all kinds. To which is added a chapter upon the pictorial arrangement of museums. With additional instructions in modelling and artistic taxidermy.
“In time a foreigner can learn to throw the lasso with all the skill of a born Argentine, but the use of the "bolas" is an art that must be acquired in childhood.”
“Round his shoulders were twined the cords of the heavy "bolas," or balls, with which he sometimes felled, at other times entangled, his prey.”
“Asafran and mole tamales are enclosed in banana leaves and thin, flavorful masa whereas bolas are thicker and more filling tamales encrusted in what I consider to be an excessive amount of corn flour and wrapped in corn husks.”
“Ira si dice:: Jueves loquito de OH MY ODD!!! con muchos productos que están de bolas.”
“There is the mud and the vines that wrap around legs like bolas and a certain leaf that causes such anguish when brushed against, even through thick clothes, that several Ugandan soldiers had to be airlifted out of the jungle because they dug holes into their flesh by madly scratching themselves.”
“Esta escultura cinética é constituída por 714 bolas metálicas que dançam, flutuam dando forma a um modelo antigo da marca.”
“Esta ampulheta estava cheia de bolas prateadas que ao passarem mostravam o novo BMW.”
“There is no hacienda but rather stables for horses, a paddock for show jumping, a bowling square (bolas criollas), bar with barbecue, house for the foreman and enclosed shed at the entrance.”
“I'd do it by winding up the un holas bolas and sending its trough snouters home.”
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