Definition of bola in English:


(also bolas)

Pronunciation /ˈbōlə/ /ˈboʊlə/


  • (especially in South America) a weapon consisting of a number of balls connected by strong cord, which when thrown entangles the limbs of the quarry.

    • ‘Similar to a miniature bola, it is made of two small balls, stones, or shells wrapped in red cloth or paper and tied to a silk thread.’
    • ‘There are leather softeners that can be used to soften the cords if you plan to throw this bola.’
    • ‘With incredible skill and accuracy, you throw your bola at Alexander, entangling him and holding him in place.’


Early 19th century from Spanish and Portuguese, plural of bola ‘ball’.



/ˈbōlə/ /ˈboʊlə/