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Meaning of BOA

Pronunciation:  'bowu

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  any of several chiefly tropical constrictors with vestigial hind limbs
  2. [n]  a long thin fluffy scarf of feathers or fur

BOA is a 3 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: feather boa
 See Also: anaconda, boa constrictor, Boidae, Charina bottae, constrictor, Constrictor constrictor, Eunectes murinus, family Boidae, Lichanura trivirgata, python, rosy boa, rubber boa, scarf, tow-headed snake



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Bo"a\, n.; pl. {Boas} . [L. boa a kind of water serpent.
Perh. fr. bos an ox.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) A genus of large American serpents, including
   the boa constrictor, the emperor boa of Mexico ({B.
   imperator}), and the chevalier boa of Peru ({B. eques}).

Note: The name is also applied to related genera; as, the
      dog-headed boa ({Xiphosoma caninum}).

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

Computing Dictionary

[IBM] Any one of the fat cables that lurk under the floor in a dinosaur pen. Possibly so called because they display a ferocious life of their own when you try to lay them straight and flat after they have been coiled for some time. It is rumored within IBM that channel cables for the 370 are limited to 200 feet because beyond that length the boas get dangerous --- and it is worth noting that one of the major cable makers uses the trademark "Anaconda".

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