from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An eastern Asian ornamental deciduous tree (Broussonetia papyrifera) having bark that can be processed into a paperlike fabric.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A tree in the Mulberry Family (Moraceae), Broussonetia papyrifera, with fibrous inner bark used to make paper and tapa cloth.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a tree (Broussonetia papyrifera), related to the true mulberry, used in Polynesia for making tapa cloth by macerating and pounding the inner bark, and in China and Japan for the manufacture of paper. It is seen as a shade tree in America.
- n. See under Mulberry.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See Broussonetia.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. shrubby Asiatic tree having bark (tapa) that resembles cloth; grown as a shade tree in Europe and America; male flowers are pendulous catkins and female are urn-shaped followed by small orange-red aggregate berries
Before Kawena had even unpacked, she and Midori began brainstorming plans for a weeklong seminar in the making of traditional kapa cloth by soaking and pounding the inner bark of the paper mulberry tree.
For centuries before any Europeans so much as glimpsed the islands, the Hawaiian people had made a cloth called kapa from the bark of paper mulberry trees.