Hellas, or Έλλας, is the Hellenic name for the region more commonly known as Greece, which is anglicized from the the name the Barbaroi Romaioi used, Graecia. Historically, Hellas was a disunified region due to its mountainous region, creating diversity and of course, fighting that made them manly enough so that Megas Alexandros could use some of them alongside his Makedonian Greeks in smashing the PERSAI. Although the Diadochoi power wasn't in Mainland Hellas, Hellas there was still known for the FIRST ZOO in the world (even the term Zoo is derived from ζωον, meaning animals) as well as some of the largest ships in ancient history (Zheng He and his treasure ships would have to wait one and three fifths of a millenia), as well as the invention of many war machines such as the lithoboloi and the katapeltai (katapeltai first indicated in Syrakousai, a Hellenic city in Trinakrie). Hellas' most important contribution to the modern world is that it defended democracy by buttwhooping the Italians under Mussolini, and delaying the Nazis enough to get General Winter activated to freeze Nazi ass, even though the leader of Hellas was Fascist himself.

Detractors of Hellenes, largely the Skopioi, say Hellass (ironically revering the actual name rather than using the name defiled by the ROMAIOI) because they envy the Hellenic contributions of the world: The Skopioi didn't have a republic in the 19th century!
ΖΗΤΩ Ή ΈΛΛΑΣ! (Zeto he Hellas!)
Long live Greece!

Hellas invented Lithoboloi. Rome invented orgies.
by HellasFTW December 20, 2010
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A word that has become popular that originated in the NorCal area.

Hella means "very" as in "It's hella hot in here!"

The word has spread, which is ironic because it sounds incredibly hickish (and likely has hick roots, with all of the Okies that moved to NorCal during and after the Depression).

Hella is not a word that people from outside of the Bay Area should be using, unless they actually want to sound like hicks.
Blonde girl: "I'm hella horny. Maybe I should say yes to the first guy that approaches me."

Brunnette: Oh god. You sound hella desperate.
by Varrioso August 16, 2012
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The word hella dates back hella long. The first time I remember hearing it was in oakland in 1978.
Evreyone seems to think that the word originated in San Francisco, and thats hella wrong.
by steve July 29, 2005
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A word widely used by the youth of the Sanfrancisco Bay Area and it's surrounding cities. It can be used as an adjective, noun, adverb, and a few interjections, but it is mostly used as an adverb. It can replace descriptive words meaning "high quantities", primarily words such as 'very' and 'many', and also substitutes for words groups like 'a lot' and 'a bunch'
very- He was going hella fast.
many- Hella people died that day.
a lot(of)- I had hella fun, but I gtg now.
a bunch(of)- He pwned hella n00bs last game.

by Jerry Tristan June 10, 2008
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Northern California contaction of "hell of". Used like the adjectives "very" or "really", or the adverb "way". Often used by NorCal inhabitants without being aware. Very similar to the "wicked" of Boston. It is now generally only found in the Bay Area, specifically the East Bay, where its use has thrived. Not heard, ever, outside of Northern California.
That chick is hella ugly, dude.
Slow down, you're going hella fast.
by oaktown balla September 22, 2004
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Contraction of "Hell of..."
MEANING: "A lot of..." but not just in terms of quantity, but also magnatude.

*That greek def. (see above) is insane- whatever... "Hecka" was what a suburban loser from Walnut Creek (or Hayward) might say, simply because the word "Hell" as in "Hell-a" wasn't as commonly permitted in Sunday-school-going areas.
Circa 1980 (4th grade Berkeley, CA):
"His Vans are hella cool"
"Yeah... Jessie's hella fine"

Circa 1987 (B.H.S.)
"That party was hella weak"
"There were hella fools up here"
"He slings hella weed"
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Demeaning expression for the city of Los Angeles, California. Phonetically similar to ¨L.A.¨
You're not going to ¨Hell-A¨. It's full of criminals and palm trees.
by Ben654735436 April 03, 2007
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