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  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. 




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