What does the word boa mean?

Usage examples for boa

  1. There was no time to change her dress, but she took out a feather boa which she kept for great occasions, and prepared to descend with dignity. – The Mating of Lydia by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  2. My dogs were dispersed along the brink of a deep ravine, in which was an enormous boa. – The Story of Magellan and The Discovery of the Philippines by Hezekiah Butterworth
  3. The britschka was at the door when I got back to the inn, and Mrs. Hatton with her veil down, and her boa round her neck, was waiting for me in the little sitting- room. – Ellen Middleton--A Tale by Georgiana Fullerton