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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 (-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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