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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Boa  \Bo"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  ({B. 
  imperator}),  and  the  chevalier  boa  of  Peru  ({B.  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  boa 
  n  1:  a  long  thin  fluffy  scarf  of  feathers  or  fur  [syn:  {feather 
  boa}] 
  2:  any  of  several  chiefly  tropical  constrictors  with  vestigial 
  hind  limbs 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  boa  [IBM]  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'. 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  boa 
 
  [IBM]  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". 
 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
 
 
 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
 
  BOA 
  Basic  Object  Adapter 
 
 




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