bola (def 1).
Also, bolas. a weapon consisting of two or more heavy balls secured to the ends of one or more strong cords, hurled by the Indians and gauchos of southern South America to entangle the legs of cattle and other animals.
bolo tie.
Historical Examples

Ponce de Leon William Pilling
The Forest Exiles Mayne Reid
Francisco Our Little Argentine Cousin Eva Cannon Brooks
Our Home in the Silver West Gordon Stables
At Home with the Patagonians George Chaworth Musters
This Freedom A. S. M. Hutchinson
Narrative of the surveying voyages of His Majesty’s ships Adventure and Beagle, between the years 1826 and 1836 Robert FitzRoy
A Naturalist’s Voyage Round the World Charles Darwin
Anecdotes of the Habits and Instinct of Animals R. Lee
Wanderings in Patagonia Julius Beerbohm

noun (pl) -las, -lases
a missile used by gauchos and Indians of South America, consisting of two or more heavy balls on a cord. It is hurled at a running quarry, such as an ox or rhea, so as to entangle its legs


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