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Colitas, "Little Tails", or its slang, "Little Buds".
On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair, warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air...
This part of the lyrics of the song "Hotel California", by the Eagles, brought on curiosity about the word, as the bigger quest for understanding the entire song itself has met with as many "ideas" as to its meaning... but...

The word "colitas" means literally, "Little Tails", thus use of the slang, "colitas", (as referenced in the song) meaning the burning of little marijuana 'tails/buds'.

NOTES:
Literal Meaning is "little tails"
Slang meanings as follows...
1. End buds of the marijuana plant.
2. Has been used to reference a part of the female anatomy, (use your imagination)
3. A person's butt.
Reference material for my definition was confirmed from Eagles management, as follows:
Irving Azoff a manager for the group: during the writing of the song 'Hotel California' by Messrs. Henley and Frey, the word `colitas' was translated for them by their Mexican-American road manager as 'little buds.
1. warm smell of colitas rising up through the air.
2. She has a hot colita.
3. Get your colita over here.
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A wonderful pine smelling canabis that is grown in the mountains of Northern California. When smoked it gives the warm smell of christmas trees. The buds are long and very clean. Some of the best weed I have ever had the pleasure of smoking. It had a very strong level of THC and gave a powerful buzz. Back in "78" it was a hot comodity don't even know if it is still around.
Eagles tune "Hotel California" On a dark desert highway cool wind in my hair. Warm smell of "Colitas" rising up through the air.
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Featured in the song "Hotel California" by The Eagles, Colitas have been repeatedly defined by Don Henley and Don Felder as "desert flowers", the Colita de Rata, or Wild Buckwheat.

A perennial up to one foot 30.5 cm tall, favoring dry rocky slopes, Wild buckwheat has a basal whorl of grayish spoon-shaped leaves. Creamy white flowers form in clusters on the stem.
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Colitas: A type of sage (plant) indigenous to the desert southwest of North America. Other common names, Antelope Sage, James' buckwheat, horticultural name "Eriogonum jamesii". This is NOT a form of canaabus.
When warmed by the desert sun colitas releases a pleasant odor that is considered by locals to be uniquely American. The use of the name in the lyrics of Eagles song Hotel California is a reference to a feeling that is uniquely American and to a fatigue that is common to residents of the desert southwest.
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is a word used in the song "Hotel California". Its a Spanish word for "Little Tails" and that is in refernce to the buds of marijuana plant.
"...warm smell of colitas rising up through the air..."
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