pat het lao

Pathet Lao

[pah-tet]
noun
the Communist nationalist group that took over the government of Laos in 1975 after two decades of civil war.
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Pathet Lao
communist guerrilla movement and political party in Laos, 1954, from Laotian Thai, lit. "Land of the Lao."
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