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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.]
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(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]
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(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]
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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
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"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.
So many works have been written about these countries, that it is almost superfluous to describe either the lazo or the bolas. The lazo consists of a very strong, but thin, well-plaited rope, made of raw hide.
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. At Bahia Blanca, a recent establishment in Northern Patagonia, I was surprised to find how little the deer cared for the noise of a gun: one day I fired ten times from within eighty yards at one animal; and it was much more startled at the ball cutting up the ground than at the report of the rifle.
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"For instance, our February salary was given to us in March and at the moment we don't even know when we will receive this month's salary," Mr Bola said, adding that the Cyprian Awiti-led administration has not given reasons for the delay.County Health Executive Richard Muga said the matter is being looked into.
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