tapa

1
[tah-pah]

Origin of tapa

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

tapa

2
[tah-puh, tap-uh]
noun
  1. the bark of the paper mulberry.
  2. 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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Contemporary Examples of tapa

  • Adib Khan, the principal of Ghulam Nabi Charkhi school in Tapa e Nader Khan, gives his own wages to keep his school going.

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Historical Examples of tapa


British Dictionary definitions for tapa

tapa

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

Word Origin for tapa

C19: from Marquesan and Tahitian
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