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Definition of BOA

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Boa \Bo"a\ (b[=o]"[.a]), n.; pl. {Boas}. [L. boa a kind of water serpent. Perh. fr. bos an ox.]
     1. (Zool.) 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}). [1913 Webster]

     Note: The name is also applied to related genera; as, the {dog-headed boa} ({Xiphosoma caninum}). [1913 Webster]

     2. A long, round fur tippet; -- so called from its resemblance in shape to the boa constrictor. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

boa
   n.

      Any one of the fat cables that lurk under the floor in a {dinosaur pen}. Possibly so called because they display a ferocious life of their own when you try to lay them straight and flat after they have been coiled for some time. It is rumored within IBM that channel cables for the 370 are limited to 200 feet because beyond that length the boas get dangerous ? and it is worth noting that one of the major cable makers uses the trademark
      ?Anaconda?.


The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) [jargon]

BOA
         Basic Object Adapter

V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (June 2013) [vera]


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