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boa constrictor

noun
1.
a snake, Constrictor (Boa) constrictor, of tropical America, noted for its large size and its ability to suffocate a prey by coiling around it.
2.
any large snake of the boa family, as the python or anaconda.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10
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  • The boa constrictor has a broad diet, consuming prey from a wide variety of vertebrate taxa.
  • The snake has been identified as a boa constrictor and is approximately five feet in length.
British Dictionary definitions for boa constrictor

boa constrictor

noun
1.
a very large snake, Constrictor constrictor, of tropical America and the Caribbean, that kills its prey by constriction: family Boidae (boas)
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