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19:48 Aug 23, 2000
Spanish to English translations [Non-PRO]
Spanish term or phrase: las vegas
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george Hill
English translation:see below
Explanation:
In Mexico, where I'm from and from where they most likely got the term for the famous town, it means a fertile, marshy valley or lowland nestled between mountanous terrain - a fertile marshy oasis of sorts. It doesn't seem to describe Las Vegas but if you think about it, it does. In Bugsy Siegal's day (or whoever first came up with the name), they were promoting it as a rich oasis in the desert. The promised land, so to speak. Hope this helps you! Suerte!
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naThe answer depends on where you are:...Heathcliff


  

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11 mins
The answer depends on where you are:...


Explanation:

In Cuba, "las vegas" are tobacco plantations (and a "veguero" is a tobacco planter or farmer, and also a
fine cigar made from a single rolled leaf);

In Chile, they're areas of damp or swampy terrain (with the adjective "vegoso" meaning "damp, humid,
or swampy," with reference to land or soil).

In Spain itself, as mentioned above, they are fertile lowlands.

None of which, of course, explains why the name was given to that wide spot in the highway in the
middle of the southern Nevada desert...!





    Simon & Schuster, _International SP<>EN Dictionary_ (2nd ed., 1997)
Heathcliff
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Explanation:
In Mexico, where I'm from and from where they most likely got the term for the famous town, it means a fertile, marshy valley or lowland nestled between mountanous terrain - a fertile marshy oasis of sorts. It doesn't seem to describe Las Vegas but if you think about it, it does. In Bugsy Siegal's day (or whoever first came up with the name), they were promoting it as a rich oasis in the desert. The promised land, so to speak. Hope this helps you! Suerte!

Megdalina
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Explanation:
I grew up in Las Vegas, New Mexico, where it means "the meadows". Just thought I'd confuse the issue a tiny bit more. Suerte.

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