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la

1
[lah]
noun Music.
  1. the syllable used for the sixth tone of a diatonic scale.
  2. (in the fixed system of solmization) the tone A.Compare sol-fa(def 1).
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Origin of la

1
Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at gamut

la

2
[law, lah]
interjection Archaic or Dialect.
  1. (used as an exclamation of wonder, surprise, etc.): La, sir, how you do go on!
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Origin of la

2
before 1150; Middle English, Old English; weak variant of lo1

La

Symbol, Chemistry.
  1. lanthanum.
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LA

  1. Louisiana (approved especially for use with zip code).
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La.

  1. Louisiana.
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L.A.

  1. Latin America.
  2. Law Agent.
  3. Library Association.
  4. Local Agent.
  5. Los Angeles.
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British Dictionary definitions for la

la

1
noun
  1. music a variant spelling of lah
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la

2
interjection
  1. an exclamation of surprise or emphasis
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Word Origin for la

Old English lo

la

3
the internet domain name for
  1. Lao People's Democratic Republic
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La

the chemical symbol for
  1. lanthanum
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LA

abbreviation for
  1. Legislative Assembly
  2. Library Association
  3. local agent
  4. Los Angeles
  5. Louisiana
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La.

abbreviation for
  1. Louisiana
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Word Origin and History for la

musical note (sixth note of the diatonic scale), early 14c., see gamut. It represents the initial syllable of Latin labii "of the lips."

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L.A.

abbreviation for Los Angeles, attested from 1949.

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la in Medicine

La

  1. The symbol for the elementlanthanum
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la in Science

La

  1. The symbol for lanthanum.
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lanthanum

[lănthə-nəm]
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  1. A soft, malleable, silvery-white metallic element of the lanthanide series. It is used to make glass for lenses and lights for movie and television studios. Atomic number 57; atomic weight 138.91; melting point 920°C; boiling point 3,469°C; specific gravity 5.98 to 6.186; valence 3. See Periodic Table.
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