- any of a number of tropical and subtropical, nonvenomous constrictor snakes (family Boidae) that use their powerful coils to squeeze their prey to cause death by suffocation, as the anaconda or boa constrictor
- a woman's long scarf, as of fur or feathers, worn around the neck or shoulders
Origin of boaModern Latin from L, a large water serpent
- Any of various large, nonvenomous, chiefly tropical snakes of the family Boidae, which includes the anacondas, the boa constrictor, and other snakes that coil around and asphyxiate their prey.
- A long fluffy scarf made of soft material, such as fur or feathers.
Origin of boaMiddle English from Latin boa a large water snake
Via Latin, mentioned by Pliny, but of Unknown ultimate origin.
From Latin boa (“a large snake”)