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tapas

[tuhp-uh s]
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noun Yoga.
  1. the conditioning of the body through the proper kinds and amounts of diet, rest, bodily training, meditation, etc., to bring it to the greatest possible state of creative power.

Origin of tapas

1930–35; < Sanskrit: penance, literally, heat

tapa1

[tah-pah]
noun Usually tapas.
  1. (especially in Spain) a snack or appetizer, typically served with wine or beer.

Origin of tapa1

< Spanish: literally, cover, lid (probably < Germanic; see tap2)

tapa2

[tah-puh, tap-uh]
noun
  1. the bark of the paper mulberry.
  2. Also called tapa cloth. a cloth of the Pacific islands made by pounding this or similar barks flat and thin, used for clothing and floor covering.

Origin of tapa2

Borrowed into English from Polynesian around 1815–25
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British Dictionary definitions for tapas

tapas

pl n
    1. light snacks or appetizers, usually eaten with drinks
    2. (as modifier)a tapas bar

Word Origin

from Spanish tapa cover, lid

tapa

noun
  1. the inner bark of the paper mulberry
  2. a paper-like cloth made from this in the Pacific islands

Word Origin

C19: from Marquesan and Tahitian
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