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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 of boa constrictor
1800-1810
1800-10
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Examples from the Web for boa constrictor
Contemporary Examples
  • Mack, according to reports, used his winnings to fill his home with Rottweilers, tarantulas, and a boa constrictor.

    Lotto Death Curse Anneli Rufus February 18, 2010
Historical Examples
  • Between the lion and the boa constrictor, Harry was certainly lost.

    The Big Nightcap Letters Frances Elizabeth Barrow
  • Into the boa constrictor Peckham plunged the next morning, for all he was worth.

    Peak and Prairie Anna Fuller
  • She screamed and began writhing, twisting her hard young body like a boa constrictor in his hands.

    Police Your Planet Lester del Rey
  • So, I imagine, a man might feel in the slimy folds of a boa constrictor.

  • Oh, I wish you could see him—not the Marquis, but the boa constrictor.

    Napoleon's Young Neighbor Helen Leah Reed
  • I'd as soon laugh at a boa constrictor when he had his folds round me.'

  • Like asking the boa constrictor to be nice to a newborn lamb, isn't it?

    Manslaughter Alice Duer Miller
  • Mr. Badger's smile was like that of the boa constrictor about to swallow the rabbit.

    Tutt and Mr. Tutt Arthur Train
  • The tigers' tails and the elephants' trunks, the alligators' snouts and the boa constrictor's convolutions, he recognized at once.

    Round the Block John Bell Bouton
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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