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noun Usually tapas.
  1. (especially in Spain) a snack or appetizer, typically served with wine or beer.
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Origin of tapa1

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


[tah-puh, tap-uh]
  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.
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Origin of tapa2

Borrowed into English from Polynesian around 1815–25
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  1. the inner bark of the paper mulberry
  2. a paper-like cloth made from this in the Pacific islands
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Word Origin

C19: from Marquesan and Tahitian
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