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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 Grandet Honore de Balzac
Off to the Wilds George Manville Fenn
Ruth Fielding in the Great Northwest Alice B. Emerson
The Vast Abyss George Manville Fenn
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine–Volume 62, No. 386, December, 1847 Various
Sea and Sardinia D. H. Lawrence
Filipino Popular Tales Dean S. Fansler
Equatorial America Maturin M. Ballou

a very large snake, Constrictor constrictor, of tropical America and the Caribbean, that kills its prey by constriction: family Boidae (boas)


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