See ramada in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: , from rama, branch
Origin: , from Vulgar Latin *rāma
Origin: , from Latin rāmus; see ramify. Regional Note: One of the words Spanish contributed to the English of the American Southwest is ramada, a term for an open shelter roofed with brush or branches, and by extension, an open porch or breezeway. Ramada can also mean an arbor of twined branches; this sense illustrates the derivation of the word from Spanish rama, meaning “branch,” hence ramada, “arbor, mass of branches.” The suffix -ada in Spanish denotes “a place characterized by (something).” Ramada might have remained a relatively obscure regional word were it not for its adoption in the name of a national chain of motels.
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