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bola

[boh-luh] /ˈboʊ lə/
noun, plural bolas
[boh-luh z] /ˈboʊ ləz/ (Show IPA)
1.
Also, bolas. a weapon consisting of two or more heavy balls secured to the ends of one or more strong cords, hurled by the Indians and gauchos of southern South America to entangle the legs of cattle and other animals.
2.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; < Spanish: ball < Old Provençal < Latin bulla bubble, knob; see boil1
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British Dictionary definitions for bola

bola

/ˈbəʊlə/
noun (pl) -las, -lases
1.
a missile used by gauchos and Indians of South America, consisting of two or more heavy balls on a cord. It is hurled at a running quarry, such as an ox or rhea, so as to entangle its legs
Word Origin
Spanish: ball, from Latin bulla knob
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Encyclopedia Article for bola

(Spanish: "balls"; from boleadoras), South American Indian weapon, primarily used for hunting, consisting of stone balls, usually in a group of three, attached to long, slender ropes. In hunting rhea, guanaco, and other animals in open country, the bola is whirled like a sling, then thrown parallel to the ground to entwine the quarry's legs. Bolas were also used by the gauchos of Argentina and Uruguay to catch cattle.

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