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 (bō′lə) also bo·las (-ləs)
A rope with weights attached, used especially in South America to catch cattle or game by entangling their legs.

[From American Spanish bolas, pl. of Spanish bola, ball, probably from Latin bulla.]


(ˈbəʊlə) or


n, pl -las or -lases
(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) 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
[Spanish: ball, from Latin bulla knob]


(ˈboʊ lə)

n., pl. -las (-ləz).
1. Also, bolas. a strong cord with a heavy ball secured to each end, used esp. by gauchos for throwing at and entangling the legs of cattle and other animals.
2. Also called bo′la tie`. bolo tie.
[1835–45; < Sp: ball < Old Provençal < Latin bulla knob]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bola - a cord fastened around the neck with an ornamental clasp and worn as a necktie
necktie, tie - neckwear consisting of a long narrow piece of material worn (mostly by men) under a collar and tied in knot at the front; "he stood in front of the mirror tightening his necktie"; "he wore a vest and tie"
2.bola - a rope with weights attached to the ends; is thrown to entangle the legs of an animal; of South American origin
rope - a strong line
References in classic literature ?
Just before the time to wither begins," he said airily, "you say to them Fairy me bola.
Fairy me bola means "Turn me back again," and David's discovery made me uncomfortable, for I knew he had hitherto kept his distance of the fairies mainly because of a feeling that their conversions are permanent.
Put on your frock coat, so that you can go straight to call on Countess Bola.
Polanco -- Lazo and Bolas -- Partridges -- Absence of Trees -- Deer -- Capybara, or River Hog -- Tucutuco -- Molothrus, cuckoo-like habits -- Tyrant- flycatcher -- Mocking-bird -- Carrion Hawks -- Tubes formed by Lightning -- House struck.
The main difficulty in using either lazo or bolas is to ride so well as to be able at full speed, and while suddenly turning about, to whirl them so steadily round the head, as to take aim: on foot any person would soon learn the art.
In this country nobody goes on foot, and the deer knows man as its enemy only when he is mounted and armed with the bolas.
For Bola, who is an astute business woman, lending a helping hand gives her so much joy.
The UC comprises 10 villages, including Ghaziwal Kalan, Ghaziwal Khurd, Suggal, Chheenah, Dhadyalah, Bola Bajwah, Bore Bajwah, Sran and Mahianwala.
bola is today's hip and functional eyewear fashion accessory.
Bola had been the chief executive of Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria Limited (LSE: STAN) since March, 2011.
Dave Hayward, who had temporarily looked after Rafeeq when Bola, 30, was unwell, has been in constant touch with the family since their deportation to Lagos.
The Home Office said they had no choice but to deport Bola and her son, stating "Mrs Fatumbi first told in 2007 that she had no right to be in the UK, while later that year she was jailed for nine months for possession of a false document, which she used to illegally obtain employment in the UK.