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Lha·sa

 (lä′sə, lăs′ə)
A city of southwest China, the capital of Tibet. Since the mid-1600s, it has been the official residence of the Dalai Lama and the center of Tibetan Buddhism.
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Lhasa

(ˈlɑːsə) or

Lassa

n
(Placename) a city in SW China, capital of Tibet, at an altitude of 3606 m (11 830 ft): for centuries the sacred city of Lamaism and residence of the Dalai Lamas from the 17th century until 1950; known as the Forbidden City because it was closed to Westerners until the beginning of the 20th century; annexed by China in 1951. The Dalai Lama fled after an unsuccessful revolt against Chinese rule in 1959. Pop: 131 000 (2005 est)
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Lha•sa

(ˈlɑ sə, -sɑ, ˈlæs ə)

n.
the capital of Tibet, in SW China: sacred city of Lamaism. 310,000.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Lhasa - the sacred city of LamaismLhasa - the sacred city of Lamaism; known as the Forbidden City for its former inaccessibility and hostility to strangers
Sitsang, Thibet, Tibet, Xizang - an autonomous region of the Peoples Republic of China; located in the Himalayas
2.Lhasa - a breed of terrier having a long heavy coat raised in Tibet as watchdogsLhasa - a breed of terrier having a long heavy coat raised in Tibet as watchdogs
terrier - any of several usually small short-bodied breeds originally trained to hunt animals living underground
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He spoke even of Lhassa and of the Dalai Lama, whom he had seen and adored.
- I remember once they wanted to cut off my head on the road to Lhassa.(No, I have never reached to Lhassa.) I sat down and cried, Mister O'Hara, anticipating Chinese tortures.
I travelled for two years in Tibet, therefore, and amused myself by visiting Lhassa, and spending some days with the head lama.
At the Glamorgan Hunt Point-to-Point in 1914 he won the heavyweight race for the second year running with his Bertha and the lightweight race with Lhassa.
For every Lhassa and Basel and Nubia and Geneva, there is also Oklahoma and Pennsylvania and Tennessee and "Arkansaw." As long as it has a name, no place trumps another.