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

  • n. A rope with weights attached, used especially in South America to catch cattle or game by entangling their legs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A name in Bengal of the mahoe or majagua, Pariti tiliaceum. See mahoe, 1, and majagua, 1.

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

  • n. a cord fastened around the neck with an ornamental clasp and worn as a necktie
  • n. a rope with weights attached to the ends; is thrown to entangle the legs of an animal; of South American origin

Etymologies

From American Spanish bolas, pl. of Spanish bola, ball, probably from Latin bulla.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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