from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An open or semienclosed shelter roofed with brush or branches, designed especially to provide shade.
- n. An open porch or breezeway.
- n. Southwestern U.S. An arbor or trellis made of twined branches.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Spanish-speaking countries, a shelter made of branches; a bower of branches.
Spanish, from rama, branch, from Vulgar Latin *rāma, from Latin rāmus; see ramify.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish ramada, from rama ("branch"). (Wiktionary)