Definition of boa constrictor in US English:

boa constrictor


  • A large and typically boldly marked snake that kills by coiling around its prey and asphyxiating it, native to tropical America.

    Boa constrictor, family Boidae

    • ‘‘There was one case,’ Moore added, ‘involving a man and a boa constrictor.’’
    • ‘Then maybe she wouldn't be feeling like a boa constrictor was halfway choking her, making her vision hazy and her concentration not even remotely sensible.’
    • ‘The snake most apt to be seen in the rainforest is the boa constrictor.’
    • ‘She's got a boa constrictor tattooed on her back that goes in contrast with my name, too.’
    • ‘Commuters waiting for a train to the northern suburbs of New York City were surprised to see a boa constrictor lying on the railroad tracks, but the snake didn't block the rails for long.’
    • ‘Amidst the other attractions was the opportunity to handle a snake, and here's an unflattering picture of yours truly with a boa constrictor.’
    • ‘The irregular thick-and-thin contours of each tube brought to mind a boa constrictor digesting several small meals.’
    • ‘It showed a boa constrictor swallowing a wild beast.’
    • ‘Jake finally managed to speak, but his throat felt as though it were being squeezed by a boa constrictor and his tongue was stuck to the roof of his mouth.’
    • ‘But that didn't work out, so she asked if he could work with a live boa constrictor.’
    • ‘One of the biggest is the boa constrictor, the legendary non-venomous strangler found throughout much of Central and South America.’
    • ‘Only last week a boa constrictor and rat snake were found on a golf course near Accrington.’
    • ‘She added: ‘The callous thieves also stole a pet boa constrictor described as nasty and which could be dangerous if handled by inexperienced people.’’
    • ‘She looks down, the tight dress suddenly strangling her like a boa constrictor, keeping her from taking a deep breath.’
    • ‘But in real life the actress has no great affection for the creatures, so it must have come as something of a shock when she was presented with a huge boa constrictor on the set of a German talk show.’
    • ‘Inside was a young boa constrictor snake, nearly four feet long.’
    • ‘If you are silly enough to see all this as expanding individual choice, remember that as the boa constrictor tightens its grip the victim feels increasing euphoria.’
    • ‘One current experiment has been measuring captive monkeys' response to a natural predator, the boa constrictor.’
    • ‘His two-headed turtle lives downstairs in the basement with a sleepy boa constrictor.’
    • ‘The boa constrictor is a non-poisonous tropical snake belonging to a specialized group of reptiles - the first vertebrate class completely independent of water.’


boa constrictor

/ˈboʊə kənˌstrɪktər//ˈbōə kənˌstriktər/