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spa

[spah] /spɑ/
noun
1.
a mineral spring, or a locality in which such springs exist.
2.
a luxurious resort or resort hotel.
4.
a hot tub or similar warm-water hydromassage facility, usually for more than one person.
5.
New England, soda fountain.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; generalized use of Spa

Spa

[spah] /spɑ/
noun
1.
a resort town in E Belgium, SE of Liège: famous mineral springs.
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British Dictionary definitions for spa

spa

/spɑː/
noun
1.
a mineral spring or a place or resort where such a spring is found
Word Origin
C17: named after Spa, Belgium

Spa

/spɑː/
noun
1.
a town in E Belgium, in Liège province: a resort with medicinal mineral springs (discovered in the 14th century). Pop: 10 491 (2004 est)

SpA

abbreviation
1.
Società per Azioni
Word Origin
Italian: limited company

SPA

abbreviation
1.
Special Protection Area: an area designated by the European Union in order to protect endangered species, esp of birds
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Word Origin and History for spa
n.

"medicinal or mineral spring," 1620s, from name of health resort in eastern Belgium, known since 14c., that featured mineral springs believed to have curative properties. The place name is from Walloon espa "spring, fountain."

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SPA

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Encyclopedia Article for spa

Spa

municipality, Walloon Region, eastern Belgium. It is situated in the wooded hills of the northern Ardennes, southeast of Liege. Its popular mineral springs, known locally as pouhons, have caused the name spa to be given to all such health resorts

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