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(nautical) a variant spelling of boatswain


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  • Boa

    any of several nonvenomous, chiefly tropical constrictors of the family Boidae, having vestigial hind limbs at the base of the tail. a scarf or stole of feathers, fur, or fabric. Contemporary Examples Lotto Death Curse Anneli Rufus February 18, 2010 Joan Rivers Won’t Shut Up (Thank God) Jacob Bernstein January 23, 2011 Historical Examples The […]

  • Boa-constrictor

    a snake, Constrictor (Boa) constrictor, of tropical America, noted for its large size and its ability to suffocate a prey by coiling around it. any large snake of the boa family, as the python or anaconda. Historical Examples A Popular Account of the Manners and Customs of India Charles Acland A Simpleton Charles Reade Eugenie […]

  • Boar

    the uncastrated male swine. wild boar. South Midland and Southern U.S. (of animals) male, especially full-grown: a boar cat. Contemporary Examples Gal With a Suitcase Jolie Hunt February 19, 2010 Historical Examples Unexplored Spain Abel Chapman Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit Charles Dickens The History of Antiquity Max Duncker The Fat and the Thin […]

  • Boast

    to speak with exaggeration and excessive pride, especially about oneself. to speak with pride (often followed by of): He boasted of his family’s wealth. to speak of with excessive pride or vanity: He boasts himself a genius. to be proud in the possession of: The town boasts a new school. a thing boasted of; a […]

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