from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Hinduism Religious austerity.
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- n. Variety of Spanish small food items or snacks originally served with sherry.
- n. Small food items generally.
Sanskrit tapaḥ, tapas-, heat, austerity.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish tapas, plural of tapa, with original sense of “top”. (Wiktionary)