The laia is a two-pronged type of foot-plough used in the Basque Country. Aside from being a farming implement, it is also used in laia racing. The people using a laia are referred to as laiariak in Basque.
Laia (pronounced Lah-ee-ah) is a shortened version of the Catalan name Eulàlia (feminine). Saint Eulalia is the patron saint of Barcelona, so her name and its derivatives (the most popular being Laia) are popular in Spain. Laia means 'fair of speech' or 'well spoken' in Catalan.
The name Laia also has greek roots.