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Boa (BOH-uh)

A long scarf made of soft material such as feathers

Common clues: Feathery wrap; Feathery neckpiece; Part of Phyllis Diller's wardrobe

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Frequency in English language: 39697 / 86800

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A Feather Boa is a fashion accessory that is usually worn wrapped around the neck like a scarf.

Jesse Ventura with boa

A boa may be made of fur, but it is usually made from various types of feathers: Ostrich, marabou, chandelle and turkey are the most common feathers used. There are cruelty free non-feather boas as well. This accessory comes in a variety of colors and sizes, and can vary greatly in price. They are usually found in novelty, costume or lingerie shops, but they can also be ordered online through specialized sources.

Feather boas have been documented for use as an adornment since 1820, but they may have been worn as early as the 17th century. Feather boas have fallen in and out of fashion many times over the years. Feather boas have had the reputation of being elegant as well as being considered campy or vulgar apparel.

Some historic eras where feather boas were in style or trendy include: the late Victorian era and Edwardian era (between 1890 and 1915), the 1920's, the 1970's during the glam rock and Disco music eras, the late 1990's and early 21st century. Entertainers have long used feather boas as part of their act. A few feather boa wearers include: dancer Isadora Duncan, actor/comedian Mae West, wrestlers Jesse Ventura, Superstar Billy Graham and Hulk Hogan singers Celia Cruz, Cher, Elton John and numerous opera and cabaret singers.



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