Meaning of boa constrictor in English:

boa constrictor

Pronunciation /ˈbəʊə kənstrɪktə/


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

    Boa constrictor, family Boidae

    ‘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.’
    • ‘The boa constrictor is a non-poisonous tropical snake belonging to a specialized group of reptiles - the first vertebrate class completely independent of water.’
    • ‘One current experiment has been measuring captive monkeys' response to a natural predator, the boa constrictor.’
    • ‘The snake most apt to be seen in the rainforest is the boa constrictor.’
    • ‘Inside was a young boa constrictor snake, nearly four feet long.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His two-headed turtle lives downstairs in the basement with a sleepy boa constrictor.’
    • ‘She's got a boa constrictor tattooed on her back that goes in contrast with my name, too.’
    • ‘‘There was one case,’ Moore added, ‘involving a man and a boa constrictor.’’
    • ‘She added: ‘The callous thieves also stole a pet boa constrictor described as nasty and which could be dangerous if handled by inexperienced people.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It showed a boa constrictor swallowing a wild beast.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The irregular thick-and-thin contours of each tube brought to mind a boa constrictor digesting several small meals.’
    • ‘She looks down, the tight dress suddenly strangling her like a boa constrictor, keeping her from taking a deep breath.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Amidst the other attractions was the opportunity to handle a snake, and here's an unflattering picture of yours truly with a boa constrictor.’
    • ‘But that didn't work out, so she asked if he could work with a live boa constrictor.’