tapa

1
[tah-pah]
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noun Usually tapas.

(especially in Spain) a snack or appetizer, typically served with wine or beer.

Nearby words

  1. tap dancing,
  2. tap pants,
  3. tap water,
  4. tap-dance,
  5. tap-in,
  6. tapa cloth,
  7. tapadera,
  8. tapadero,
  9. tapajós,
  10. tapas

Origin of tapa

1
< Spanish: literally, cover, lid (probably < Germanic; see tap2)

tapa

2
[tah-puh, tap-uh]

noun

the bark of the paper mulberry.
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 tapa

2
Borrowed into English from Polynesian around 1815–25

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British Dictionary definitions for tapa

tapa

noun

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

Word Origin for tapa

C19: from Marquesan and Tahitian

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