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(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’.
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