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See also: Loa, LOA, lóa, loá, lôa, Lóa, and lo'a

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EtymologyEdit

From Haitian Creole lwa, perhaps from French roi (king). Doublet of roy.

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NounEdit

loa (plural loas or loa)

  1. In the voodoo religion, a spirit intermediary between Bondye (the creator god) and human beings.
    • 1953, Maya Deren, Divine Horsemen, McPherson & Company 2004, p. 36:
      Here, on the Island Below the Sea, the loa have their permanent residence, their primal location.
    • 2007, Kevin Filan, The Haitian Vodou Handbook, Destiny Books 2007, p. 3:
      Some will caution you at great length about the dangers of Vodou. They will tell you that the lwa are jealous, thin-skinned, and hot-tempered.
    • 2009, Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, Penguin 2010, p. 714:
      Equally surprising is to find St Patrick so prominent in many Vodou shrines, until one remembers that he too had been a slave who had twice crossed the sea, the second time to freedom, and that he had particular power over snakes, like the loa (Haitian equivalent of orisha) Dambala Wèdo.

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HawaiianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Polynesian *loa.

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NounEdit

loa

  1. distance, length

VerbEdit

loa

  1. (stative) long, permanent

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MalagasyEdit

EtymologyEdit

Common Malayo-Polynesian, compare Malay luak

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loa

  1. to vomit
  2. to pay
  3. to discharge

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Focus (Voice)
Agent
(Active)
man-form: mandoa
mi-form: --
om-form: --
Patient
(Passive)
loa
alternate: --
a-form: aloa
voa-form: voaloa
tafa-form: --
Goal
(Relative)
an-form: andoavana
i-form: --

Norwegian NynorskEdit

NounEdit

loa f

  1. singular definite of lo

PortugueseEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

Back-formation from loar.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

loa f (plural loas)

  1. praise
  2. (usually in the plural) carol

SpanishEdit

NounEdit

loa f (plural loas)

  1. praise

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loa

  1. Informal second-person singular () affirmative imperative form of loar.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present indicative form of loar.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present indicative form of loar.

TswanaEdit

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lôa (perfect loile)

  1. to bewitch

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VietnameseEdit

EtymologyEdit

Sino-Vietnamese word from (“spiral shell”).

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NounEdit

(classifier cái) loa

  1. megaphone (portable device used to amplify a person's voice)
  2. (by extension) speaker; loudspeaker