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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; from Latin 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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