[ luh-tee-uh; Spanish lah-tee-yah ]
/ ləˈti ə; Spanish lɑˈti yɑ /
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noun Chiefly Southwestern U.S.
a peeled branch or piece of wood laid between beams of a ceiling or above the vigas for decoration.
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Origin of latilla
First recorded in 1985–90; American Spanish: literally, “little stick,” from Spanish, diminutive of lata “stick, strip of wood,” from Vulgar Latin latta “lath, stick” (unattested), either latta deriving from West Germanic lattō “board, slat” (unattested) or both latta and lattō deriving from the same unknown source + -illa feminine diminutive noun suffix
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Example sentences from the Web for latilla
La Pastorella al Soglio (composer not named, probably Latilla), and two ballets.The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume I (of 3)|Alexander Wheelock Thayer