American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One that constricts, as a muscle that contracts or compresses a part or organ of the body.
- n. Any of various snakes, such as the python or boa, that tightly coil around and asphyxiate their prey.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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. A large serpent which envelops and crushes its prey in its folds: as, the boa-constrictor. See boa.
- n. The technical specific name of the common black-snake of North America, Bascanion constrictor. See cut under black-snake.
- Acting as a constrictor; constricting: as, a constrictor muscle.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. That which constricts, draws together, or contracts.
- n. (Anat.) A muscle which contracts or closes an orifice, or which compresses an organ; a sphincter.
- n. (Zoöl.) A serpent that kills its prey by inclosing and crushing it with its folds.
- n. any of various large nonvenomous snakes that kill their prey by crushing it in its coils
- From New Latin (Wiktionary)
“For those with both problems, a boa constrictor is activated.”
“Back home, boa constrictor is one of the meats put on the dinner table, and there is not much in the way of late-night television.”
“Burnham sees the trend and assumes that it is irresistible, rather as a rabbit fascinated by a boa constrictor might assume that a boa constrictor is the strongest thing in the world.”
“We just wanted to decorate it a little differently, he said during Monday night's ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in Manhattan, wearing a blood-splattered shirt and a boa constrictor.”
“I love the one about being eaten by a boa constrictor, but how about “A Boy Named Sue”?”
“They share the land with intimidating creatures like the bull snake above—a constrictor that can grow as long as 8 feet—and other fauna best avoided by the faint-hearted.”
“I think the boa constrictor in III's home office has some relevance though I'm not sure what.”
“That, I presume, would be for the boa constrictor?”
“This lovely Health Care bill reminds me of the classic Tarzanmovie with the quicksand trap and boa constrictor.”
“You can also enjoy a boa constrictor throttling and ingesting its furry prey like Denise Welch meeting one of One Direction.”
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