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Pathet Lao

[pah-tet]
noun
  1. the Communist nationalist group that took over the government of Laos in 1975 after two decades of civil war.
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Word Origin and History for pathet lao

Pathet Lao

communist guerrilla movement and political party in Laos, 1954, from Laotian Thai, literally "Land of the Lao."

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