[luh-kraws, -kros] /ləˈkrɔs, -ˈkrɒs/
a game, originated by Indians of North America, in which two 10-member teams attempt to send a small ball into each other’s netted goal, each player being equipped with a crosse or stick at the end of which is a netted pocket for catching, carrying, or throwing the ball.
a ball game invented by Native Americans, now played by two teams who try to propel a ball into each other’s goal by means of long-handled hooked sticks that are loosely strung with a kind of netted pouch
1718, American English, from Canadian French jeu de la crosse “game of the hooked sticks,” from crosse “hooked stick,” which is used to throw the ball, from Proto-Germanic *kruk-. Originally a North American Indian game. The native name is represented by Ojibwa (Algonquian) baaga’adowe “to play lacrosse.”
[luh kraws, kros] /lə ˈkrɔs, ˈkrɒs/ noun 1. a city in W Wisconsin, on the Mississippi River.
- La crosse encephalitis
La Crosse encephalitis (lə krôs’) n. An often fatal infection of the brain caused by a virus occasionally present in the bloodstream of birds and transmitted to humans by the mosquito Aedes triseriatus.
1. variant of before a vowel: lactalbumin. lact- pref. Variant of lacto-.
lactacidemia lac·tac·i·de·mi·a (lāk-tās’ĭ-dē’mē-ə) n. See lacticacidemia.