La·​wa | \ ˈlä(ˌ)wä \
plural Lawa or Lawas

Definition of Lawa

1a : the Wa of the Shan plateau in Burma
b : a member of such people
2a : one of two related ethnic groups of Mon-Khmer-speaking people of Thailand that live near Chiengmai and the Korat plateau respectively
b : a people of Thailand living in the Kanburi province
c : a member of one of these three peoples

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“Lawa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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