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bo·la(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.]
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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]
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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]
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|Noun||1.||bola - a cord fastened around the neck with an ornamental clasp and worn as a necktie|
|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
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