from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various large, nonvenomous, chiefly tropical snakes of the family Boidae, which includes the python, anaconda, boa constrictor, and other snakes that coil around and suffocate their prey.
  • n. A long fluffy scarf made of soft material, such as fur or feathers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of a group of large American snakes, of the genus Boa, including the boa constrictor, the emperor boa of Mexico, and the chevalier boa of Peru.
  • n. A type of scarf typically made from feathers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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).
  • n. A long, round fur tippet; -- so called from its resemblance in shape to the boa constrictor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. [capitalized] In herpetology, a genus of very large non-venomous serpents, of the family Boidæ, notable for their power of constriction.
  • n. In ordinary language, some large serpent, as a boa-constrictor, anaconda, or python; any member of the family Boidæ or Pythonidæ.
  • n. A long and slender cylindrical wrap of fur, worn by women round the neck.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a long thin fluffy scarf of feathers or fur
  • n. any of several chiefly tropical constrictors with vestigial hind limbs


Middle English, from Latin boa, a large water snake.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • located in Merriam Webtster's Notebook Dictionary pg 9

    September 25, 2010