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latilla

[ 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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