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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
boa
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
feather boa
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
constrictor
▪ It is one of the wilder places on earth and contains rainforest, and boa constrictors.
▪ A guy walks around the convention floor with a boa constrictor around his neck.
▪ This is charmingly old-fashioned stuff, reminding you of the Victorian explorer who knocked out a boa constrictor with a straight right.
▪ None of the reptiles are venomous, although some of these boa constrictors could give a nasty squeeze.
▪ About as genuinely friendly as a boa constrictor, and a damned sight more dangerous.
▪ Look, it won't be a boa constrictor, will it?
feather
▪ Diana Ross sauntered down the catwalk this season wearing little more than a feather boa and a smile.
▪ Better yet, Rodman in a feather boa, running anchor for the women.
▪ Lucy laughing, smoking, Lucy with Jamie's feather boa round her shoulders, Lucy who had kissed her.
▪ A black feather boa, perhaps bought for the Black Ascot, curved lavishly round to cancel any suggestion of nakedness.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ A black feather boa, perhaps bought for the Black Ascot, curved lavishly round to cancel any suggestion of nakedness.
▪ A guy walks around the convention floor with a boa constrictor around his neck.
▪ Better yet, Rodman in a feather boa, running anchor for the women.
▪ Diana Ross sauntered down the catwalk this season wearing little more than a feather boa and a smile.
▪ It is one of the wilder places on earth and contains rainforest, and boa constrictors.
▪ Snake breeder Okan Guney says the birth of twelve emerald tree boas was the most important event in his life. pro.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Boa

Boa \Bo"a\ (b[=o]"[.a]), n.; pl. Boas. [L. boa a kind of water serpent. Perh. fr. bos an ox.]

  1. (Zo["o]l.) A genus of large American serpents, including the boa constrictor, the emperor boa of Mexico ( Boa imperator), and the chevalier boa of Peru ( Boa eques).

    Note: The name is also applied to related genera; as, the dog-headed boa ( Xiphosoma caninum).

  2. A long, round fur tippet; -- so called from its resemblance in shape to the boa constrictor.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
boa

late 14c., "large snake," from Latin boa, type of large serpent mentioned in Pliny's "Natural History;" origin unknown (in Middle English folk etymology associated with Greek bous "ox"). Extension to "snake-like coil of fur worn by ladies" is from 1836. The popular name boa constrictor is from 1788.

Wiktionary
boa

n. 1 Any of a group of large American snakes, of the genus ''Boa'', including the boa constrictor, the emperor boa of Mexico, and the chevalier boa of Peru. 2 (context plural "boas" English) A type of scarf typically made from feathers.

WordNet
boa
  1. n. a long thin fluffy scarf of feathers or fur [syn: feather boa]

  2. any of several chiefly tropical constrictors with vestigial hind limbs

Wikipedia
Bôa

Bôa is a British alternative/ indie band formed in London in 1993 by drummer Ed Herten, keyboard player Paul Turrell and guitarist / vocalist Steve Rodgers. Boa's current lineup consists of Jasmine Rodgers (vocals), Steve Rodgers (vocals & guitar), Alex Caird (bass) and Lee Sullivan (drums & piano). The band progressed from a funk band to a rock band over the years. They produced two major albums, Twilight (2001) and Get There (2005). Their track "Duvet" was the opening theme song to the anime television series Serial Experiments Lain. The band was originally signed by Polystar in Japan and produced their first album 'Race of a Thousand Camels' (1998). However, the band decided to change labels and signed with Pioneer LDC (now called Geneon) to produce their album Twilight (2001).

Following their success with the Twilight, the band decided to create their own independent label called Boa Recordings to produce. Get There, was released on 1 February 2005. It took Bôa in a new direction, with more structure in lyrics and melody, as well as a more mellow, yet more harder-edged/indie-rock format. It also had more acoustic elements than the first album.

Boa

Boa, BoA, or BOA may refer to:

Boa (genus)

Boa is a genus of non-venomous boas found in Mexico, Central and South America. One species is currently recognized. Common names include: boa and boa constrictor.

The largest extant member of this group is the boa constrictor.

Boa (Croatian band)

Boa is a Croatian music group, which was especially prominent during the 1980s around the former SFR Yugoslavia.

Boa (album)

Boa is the debut album by the Croatian and former Yugoslav eponymous rock band. It was released in 1982.

Boa (web server)

Boa is an open-source, small-footprint web server that is suitable for embedded applications. Originally written by Paul Phillips, it is now maintained by Larry Doolittle and Jon Nelson.

Slashdot and Fotolog use Boa to serve images.

As of January 2006, Boa has the following limitations

  • No access control features (HTTP Basic access authentication, etc.)
  • No chroot option (planned)
  • No Server Side Includes (deemed incompatible with server performance goals)
  • No SSL support although there are some patches against 0.94.13 that introduce SSL support
Boa (Russian band)

Boa is a Russian band founded in 1988 by Igor Knyazev and his cousin Sergei Serin. Boa’s musical style, a blend of Jazz, Easy Listening and Latino, has been influenced by elements of Ethno-fusion and World beat. It explains the choice of the name Boa: a short name, with the same meaning in many languages, quite exotic in Russia and advocating something tropical.

Boa’s performance credo is to combine bright, distinct melodies and unusual harmonies with ironic and smart lyrics. The current nucleus of the group is Igor Knyazev (main and background vocals, music, and lyrics) and Igor Shatsky (music, lyrics, arrangement, guitar, piano, percussion). In addition, from time to time Boa hires session musicians to diversify its repertoire.

All of Boa recordings are done by Shatsky and Knyazev, who are professional sound producers, at one of the best sound recording studio in Central Russia, The Black Box Studio in Voronezh.

Usage examples of "boa".

But a way was found, and they became, just as Boa had imagined they would, and just as Daniel had imagined too, lovers.

The three of them would form the Marspan Iowa Consort, to which end Boa had already sewn together a sort of banner of welcome and hung it across the whole width of the music room.

Additionally, Boa had twice spent the holidays with Miss Marspan at her Chelsea flat, being taken about to operas, concerts, and private musicals every night of her visit.

Daniel found this more disconcerting than Boa, who was used to similar equivocations from her father.

This plan of yours to precede Boa to Boston is almost certain to lead to unhappiness for both of you.

Not a very dark secret, since Boa had managed for a week now not to guess despite the broadest hints.

He had given them a sterling service for twelve as a wedding present, which Boa had insisted on cooing over privately, as they were driving to the airport.

He should, as Boa suggested, put the rest out of mind, relax, lie back and enjoy the beginning of what looked to be the endless banquet ahead.

But that would have meant surrendering Boa to her father, an act he could not, would not be driven to.

Teatro had closed early in June to have put aside more than a few dollars, and he was determined not to have recourse to Miss Marspan, who had already assumed the financial costs involved in keeping Boa functionally alive.

First National Flightpaths informed Daniel that the Annex could no longer supply him with the liquid nutrient by which Boa was kept alive.

Until the spirit of the new era reached the Rationing Board and moved them to reconsider the plight of such as Boa, it would not be possible to return her to the dismal wards of the First National Flightpaths annex.

But here he was in his room, with the moonlight coming in at the half-parted curtain and making a ghost of Boa under her single sheet.

By the terms of his agreement with Rey, Boa would be looked after for another year.

Congress, meanwhile, was drawing up a uniform code of laws concerning flight, a code that would certainly see to it that no one would be put in the impossible position Daniel had been in, of being able to keep Boa alive only by resorting to the black market.