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bo•la  (bōlə),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -las (-ləz).USA pronunciation 
  1. Also,  bolas. a weapon consisting of two or more heavy balls secured to the ends of one or more strong cords, hurled by the Indians and gauchos of southern South America to entangle the legs of cattle and other animals.
  2. ClothingSee  bolo tie. 
  • Latin bulla bubble, knob; see boil1
  • Old Provencal
  • Spanish: ball
  • 1835–45

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bola /ˈbəʊlə/, bolas /ˈbəʊləs/ n ( pl -las, -lases)
  1. 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
Etymology: Spanish: ball, from Latin bulla knob

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