- (especially in Spain) a snack or appetizer, typically served with wine or beer.
Origin of tapa1
< Spanish: literally, cover, lid (probably < Germanic; see tap2)
- 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 tapa2
Borrowed into English from Polynesian around 1815–25
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Examples from the Web for tapa
Adib Khan, the principal of Ghulam Nabi Charkhi school in Tapa e Nader Khan, gives his own wages to keep his school going.Back to Afghanistan
October 6, 2011
Quite a Polynesian art is the manufacture of tapa: bark cloth.Two Years with the Natives in the Western Pacific
Yet all had worn tapa, and nothing but tapa, before the traders came.A Son Of The Sun
The sound of the tapa beating was often heard in the Islands.The Spell of the Hawaiian Islands and the Philippines
The tapa cloth could not be worn in the water or the rain, as it disintegrated.White Shadows in the South Seas
It is said that the natives of Atowy excel all the other islanders in the art of painting the tapa.
- the inner bark of the paper mulberry
- a paper-like cloth made from this in the Pacific islands
C19: from Marquesan and Tahitian