Origin of tapaTahitian
Origin of tapaSp, literally , lid or cover, referring to the small plate holding a tidbit that is set on top of a glass of sherry
- The inner bark of the paper mulberry.
- A paperlike cloth made in the South Pacific islands by pounding this bark or similar bark.
Origin of tapaMarquesanTahitianHawaiian kapa
Origin of tapaSpanish lid, tapa ( tapas perhaps being so called because they originally consisted of slices of bread with sausage and similar items placed like lids upon glasses of wine to stimulate thirst and keep out fruit flies ) from Old Spanish lid ( of Germanic origin ) (akin to English tap 2) and perhaps also partly from early modern Spanish tapa entrepôt for provisioning soldiers ( Hispanicization, influenced by tapa lid ) ( of Middle French étape entrepôt ) ( from Old French estaple ; see staple 1. )
- A kind of cloth prepared by the Polynesians from the inner bark of the paper mulberry.
From Tongan tapa.
- Any appetizer or snack served in the evening as part of tapas.
From Spanish tapa