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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A paper-cloth (kapa or tapa) made from the bark of the paper-mulberry (Broussonetia papyrifera), and printed with a pattern.


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  • _The Making of Religion_, by A. Lang, 1900, p. 279.)] [375] {601} [The gnatoo, which is a piece of tappa cloth, is worn in different ways.

    The Works of Lord Byron. Vol. 5 Poetry

  • In the morning he returned to Vavaoo to bring her mats to lie on, and _gnatoo_

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  • Thus prepared, he re-entered the cavern, unwrapped the gnatoo, fired it by the flash of the powder, and lighted the torch.

    The Works of Lord Byron. Vol. 5 Poetry

  • Nevertheless, as it was desirable to have a stronger light, Mariner dived out again, and, priming his pistol, tied plenty of gnatoo tight round it, and wrapped the whole up in a plantain-leaf: he directed an attendant to bring a torch in the same way.

    The Works of Lord Byron. Vol. 5 Poetry

  • Angas, 1866, p. 44.] [371] {600} [The capital town of an island.] [372] [ "The preparation of _gnatoo_, or _tappa_-cloth, from the inner bark of the paper mulberry tree, occupies much of the time of the Tongan women.

    The Works of Lord Byron. Vol. 5 Poetry


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