what is the meaning of COLITAS in the song hotel california by eagles. (i’m not an english speaker)?

I'm trying to translate this song but i don't fully understand that line: On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair

Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air .. what are the colitas?¿?¿?¿¿?

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  • Wikipedia claims that;

    'According to Don Henley, the line "warm smell of colitas" refers to colitas, which are a desert flower with a warm, heady smell. However, the plant with the nearest spelling is coleus, which has no distinct aroma.

    According to Irving Azoff (Eagles management);

    ...during the writing of the song “Hotel California,” by Don Henley and Glenn Frey, the word “colitas” was translated for them by their Mexican-American road manager as “little buds.”

    Colitas is 'little tails', but here the author is referring to “colas,” the tip of a marijuana branch, where it is more potent and with more sap — said to be the best part of the leaves.'

    Hope that helps.

  • Colitas Meaning

  • colitas is the diminutive feminine plural of the Spanish cola, tail. Colitas is little tails, but here the author is referring to 'colas,' the tip of a marijuana branch, where it is more potent and with more sap (said to be the best part of the leaves).

    Eagles management honcho Irving Azoff: "In 1976, 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.'

  • Colitas

  • Colitas is not a desert flower nor is it any kind of plant. You spelled it correctly. When Don Henley and Glen Frey wrote the song a Spanish speaking friend of theirs told them that colitas actually meant "little buds" as in buds off of a marijuana plant. That is the reference they were making. In actual translation the word means little tails.

  • Colitas is a swelling of the colon, which can emit a strange, desert-flower type of odor. Apparently, the Hotel California housed residents suffering from this ailment.

  • Colitas has no meaning in English. In Spanish, it translates as “little tails”, and refers to the tips of marijuana leaves, supposedly the most potent part of the plant.

  • I always thought it was referencing the desert plant..The writers of the song say differently. They say it is a Spanish word meaning little tails..which was a slang name for the best, most potent part of the weed bud.. Says it quite clearly on Wiki..several interviews they say the same thing.. learn something new every day!! 🙂

  • Colitas is little tails, but here the author is referring to “colas,” the tip of a marijuana branch, where it is more potent and with more sap.

  • 'According to Don Henley?,- maybe he was being nice- 'According Hispanic street slang- it's Buds or Flower tops- of MOTA- Weed- Pot-Dobi- a Fatty- and a bunch of other names

    Colitas- Flower Tops- and they do smell sweet..................

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