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tapa

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noun ta·pa \ˈtä-pə, ˈta-\

Definition of tapa

  1. :  a coarse cloth made in the Pacific islands from the pounded bark especially of the paper mulberry and usually decorated with geometric patterns



Origin of tapa

Marquesan & Tahitian


First Known Use: 1817

Rhymes with tapa


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tapa

noun ta·pa

Definition of tapa

  1. :  an hors d'oeuvre served with drinks especially in Spanish bars —usually used in plural



Origin of tapa

Spanish, literally, cover, lid, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Old English tæppa tap


First Known Use: 1939

Rhymes with tapa


Learn More about tapa

  1. Spanish Central: Translation of "tapa" Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about "tapa"


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