Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The inner bark of the paper mulberry.
  • n. A paperlike cloth made in the South Pacific islands by pounding this bark or similar bark.
  • n. Any of various small, savory Spanish dishes, often served as a snack or with other tapas as a meal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A kind of cloth prepared by the Polynesians from the inner bark of the paper mulberry.
  • n. Any appetizer or snack served in the evening as part of tapas.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of cloth prepared by the Polynesians from the inner bark of the paper mulberry; -- sometimes called also kapa.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A material much used for mats, hangings, and loin-girdles by the natives of the Pacific islands, consisting of the bark of the paper-mulberry, Broussonetia papyrifera.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the thin fibrous bark of the paper mulberry and Pipturus albidus
  • n. a paperlike cloth made in the South Pacific by pounding tapa bark

Etymologies

Marquesan and Tahitian.
Spanish, lid, appetizer, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From a Polynesian language. (Wiktionary)
From Spanish tapa (Wiktionary)

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