People's Liberation Army

noun
  1. See under Huk(def 1).
  2. the name of the armed forces of the People's Republic of China.
  3. a rebel army or army of liberation in any of various other countries.

Huk

[hook]
noun, plural Huks.
  1. a member of the Hukbong Mapagpalaya ng Bayan (People's Liberation Army), a Communist agrarian revolutionary group in central Luzon in the Philippines.
  2. a member of the Hukbalahap, an anti-Japanese resistance group in central Luzon during World War II.

Origin of Huk

shortening of Tagalog hukbo army
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