[puh-lah-puh; Spanish pah-lah-pah]
noun, plural pala·pas [puh-lah-puh z; Spanish pah-lah-pahs] /pəˈlɑ pəz; Spanish pɑˈlɑ pɑs/. (esp. in Mexico)
  1. a simple, thatched-roof dwelling, usually open on the sides.
  2. any building resembling this, especially in a resort area, as a restaurant, beachhouse, or the like.

Origin of palapa

perhaps < Mexican Spanish: a kind of palm tree Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018