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:
1800–10

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boa constrictor
 
n
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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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.
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