Definition of boa, bova
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LNS
boa, boae
(bova, bovae)
βουβών, bos; cf. βουβών
noun (f., 1st declension)
  1. a large Italian serpent
  2. a water-serpent, so called because it milked cows
  3. A disease producing red pustules, the measles or small-pox
Abbreviations
boa (also bova in the MSS. of Pliny and Festus), ae, f. bos; cf. βουβών, a large Italian serpent: in Italia appellatae bovae in tantam amplitudinem exeuntes ut divo Claudio principe occisae in Vaticano solidus in alvo spectatus infans, Plin. 8, 14, 14, § 37; 30, 14, 47, § 138 sq.; Sol. 2; acc. to Paul. ex Fest. p. 30 Mull., a water-serpent, so called because it milked cows, Sol. 2, 33; or because it could swallow an ox, quas boas vocant, ab eo quod tam grandes sint ut boves gluttire soleant, Hier. Vit. Hil. Erem. 39.

— A disease producing red pustules, the measles or small-pox, Plin. 24, 8, 35, § 53: boam id est rubentes papulas. id. 26, 11, 73, § 120: boas fimum bubulum abolet: unde et nomen traxere, id. 28, 18, 75, § 244; Lucil. ap. Fest. s. v. tama, p. 360 Mull.

— Crurum quoque tumor viae labore collectus bova appellatur, Paul. ex Fest. p. 30 Mull. (the same author explains with these words the disease tama).
 
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