Franz [frahnts] , 1858–1942, U.S. anthropologist, born in Germany. Unabridged


[boh-uh] ,
noun, plural boas.
any of several nonvenomous, chiefly tropical constrictors of the family Boidae, having vestigial hind limbs at the base of the tail.
a scarf or stole of feathers, fur, or fabric.

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin: water adder Unabridged
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boa (ˈbəʊə)
1.  any large nonvenomous snake of the family Boidae, most of which occur in Central and South America and the Caribbean. They have vestigial hind limbs and kill their prey by constriction
2.  a woman's long thin scarf, usually of feathers or fur
[C19: from New Latin, from Latin: a large Italian snake, water snake]

Boas (ˈbəʊæz, German ˈboːas)
Franz (frants). 1858--1942, US anthropologist, born in Germany. He made major contributions to cultural and linguistic anthropology in studies of North American Indians, including The Mind of Primitive Man (1911; 1938)

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late 14c., "large snake," from L. boa, type of large serpent mentioned in Pliny's "Natural History;" origin unknown (in M.E. folk etymology associated with Gk. bous "ox"); perhaps ult. from PIE root *beu- "to swell." Extension to "snake-like coil of fur worn by ladies" is from 1836. Boa constrictor so
called from 1788.
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German-born American anthropologist who emphasized the systematic analysis of culture and language structures.
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