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laos

Alternative clues for the word laos

Vientiane's land

Plain of Jars locale

Where the kip is currency

China neighbor

Land bordered by the Mekong

Part of Indochina

Mekong River land

Neighbor of Vietnam

Neighbor of Cambodia

Ho Chi Minh trail locale

Former monarchy

Mekong River country

Some Indochinese

Where kip are spent

Vientiane is its capital

Where to spend a kip

It's in 19-Across

Thailand neighbor

One of the world's last remaining People's Democratic Republics

Golden Triangle country

It's 60% Buddhist

Vientiane's locale

Communist land

Land with monsoons

Where to spend kips

Big tin exporter

Part of old French Indochina

Home of the Hmong

Vietnam War locale

Vientiane’s land

Landlocked land

Mekong River locale

Its flag has a big white circle in the middle

Mekong River nation

The Mekong flows through it

Part of French Indochina

Golden Triangle land

Land west of Vietnam

Part of French Indochina until 1949

Where you might be among Hmong

Myanmar neighbor

Land of a Million Elephants

Vientiane's country

Neighbor of Thailand

Where kips are cash

Hmong homeland

Ho Chi Minh trail setting

1960s U.S. bombing target

Where Vientiane is the capital

Thailand/Vietnam separator

Land in the Golden Triangle

Where Luang Prabang is

Landlocked Asian land

Big producer of 40-Down

Neighbor of Myanmar

It has a Marxist-Leninist ideology

Country whose name becomes its language when you drop its last letter

A mountainous landlocked communist state in southeastern Asia

Achieved independence from France in 1949

Vientiane

Luang Prabang is here

Country slightly larger than Utah

Country on the Mekong

Pakse's land

Cambodian neighbor

Landlocked country

Vientiane's local

Burmese neighbor

Neighbor of China

Luang Prabang's land

Landlocked Asian country

Vientiane locale

Neighbor of Burma

Where Vientiane is

Where to spend a new kip

Asian country

Vietnamese neighbor

Mekong River people

Burma neighbor

Country bounded by the Mekong

Neighbor of Burma and Thailand

Burma's neighbor

Country bordering the Mekong

Prince Souphanouvong's land

Thai neighbor

Asian nation

Asian land

Where Thakhek is

Republic in SE Asia

Vientiane is here

Land bounded by the Mekong

Word definitions for laos in dictionaries

The Collaborative International Dictionary Word definitions in The Collaborative International Dictionary
Laos \Laos\ prop. n. a country in Southeast Asia.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary Word definitions in Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
Southeast Asian land, from the name of legendary founder Lao . Related: Laotian .

Wikipedia Word definitions in Wikipedia
Laos, ( , Pa Thēt Lāo ) officially the Lao People's Democratic Republic, (Lao: ສາທາລະນະລັດ ປະຊາທິປະໄຕ ປະຊາຊົນລາວ, Sathalanalat Paxathipatai Paxaxon Lao ) or commonly referred to its colloquial name of Muang Lao ( Lao : ເມືອງລາວ, Muang Lao ) is a landlocked...

Usage examples of laos.

These alliterative expressions, collected by the linguist Martha Ratcliff, give some inkling of the intimate relationship the Hmong of Laos had with the natural world.

In Laos, the French colonial government encouraged them to pay their taxes in raw opium in order to supply the official lowland network of government-licensed opium dens.

No wonder that when Christian missionaries first came to Laos, they often found small, meticulously wrapped balls of opium in their offering plates.

In the 1950s, it was estimated that the Hmong of Laos were burning about four hundred square miles of land a year and, by letting the topsoil leach away, causing enough erosion to alter the courses of rivers.

Geneva Accords of 1954, signed after the French lost the battle of Dien Bien Phu, had recognized three independent states in what had formerly been French Indochina: Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam, which was temporarily partitioned into northern and southern zones that were supposed to be reunited within two years.

In 1961, on his last day in office, Eisenhower told President-elect Kennedy that if Laos were to fall to communism, it would be only a matter of time before South Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Burma fell too.

The United States was anxious to support an anticommunist government in Laos and to cut the military supply line that the North Vietnamese ran to South Vietnam along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, a complex of roads and pathways in southeastern Laos, near the Vietnam border.

CIA recruited the most remote ethnic minority in Laos, one notorious for its lack of national consciousness, instead of the dominant lowland Lao.

In Laos, they had already proven their mettle as guerrillas during the Second World War, when they fought on the side of the Lao and the French during the Japanese occupation, and after the war, when, similarly allied, they resisted the Vietminh.

The CIA thus conveniently inherited a counterinsurgent network of Hmong guerrillas that the French had organized in northern Laos two decades earlier.

Finally, many Hmong had a huge personal stake in the war because they lived in the mountains surrounding its most crucial theater of operation: the Plain of Jars, a plateau in northeastern Laos through which communist troops from the north would have to march in any attempt to occupy the administrative capital of Vientiane, on the Thai border.

Some were forced into combat because bombing in northern Laos had obliged them to abandon their fields, and there was no other employment.

Hmong military base at Long Tieng, in northern Laos, to markets in Vientiane.

More than two million tons of bombs were dropped on Laos, mostly by American planes attacking communist troops in Hmong areas.

By 1970, forced to adapt their migratory habits to wartime, more than a third of the Hmong in Laos had become refugees within their own country.