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Lassa

1970 in reference to a febrile disease of tropical Africa, from Lassa, name of a village in northeastern Nigeria.

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Definitions of Lassa

Lassa (n.)
the sacred city of Lamaism; known as the Forbidden City for its former inaccessibility and hostility to strangers;
Synonyms: Lhasa / capital of Tibet / Forbidden City
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