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Definition of Lana

In informal or colloquial language, lana is the word for money. To have a lot of lana, to have a lot of money.

Lana is also a natural fiber obtained mainly from sheep and other animals such as llamas or alpacas,
It also refers to the hair with which the body of some herbivorous mammals is covered, especially that of sheep and rams, and which is used as a textile material.


  1. Money
  2. Paste
  3. Silver

ORIGIN of Lana

Lana comes from the Latin word lana, this is in turn derived from an Indo-European root: *wel-4 (meaning hair). From the same root we also get the words lemniscata and flannel. Thus, it is said that someone who has “wool” is rich, therefore this word -as well as silver or pasta- refers to money.

The words to designate money have been adapted to different languages, dialects, regions, cities or countries, giving rise to numerous and quite original denominations, and of course each one with its own history.

In Mexico, for example, money is called lana, since in that country the cotton and wool industry had a golden and very glorious era. This is the reason why “owning a lot of wool” has become a synonym for someone who has a lot of money and enjoys an excellent economic situation, because where there was wool production, there was a lot of money.

Just as the paste refers to the smelting of gold, silver and other various metals, which was done to be poured into molds to make coins.


The meaning of the name Lana is quite wide, but one of the most accepted by several historians is that of “luminous woman” or “shining woman”, meaning coming from the Slavic word “swejt”.