Las Cruces[läs kro̵o′sis]
city in S N.Mex., on the Rio Grande: pop. 74,000
Origin of Las CrucesSpanish literally , the crosses: probably from crosses marking an early burial spot
A city of southern New Mexico on the Rio Grande north-northwest of El Paso, Texas. It grew as an irrigated-farming center and is the seat of New Mexico State University (established 1888).