an unwoven cloth made by people in the Pacific islands from the inner bark of the paper mulberry tree
Origin of tapaTahitian
in Spain, an appetizer or snack as served in a bar with sherry, beer, etc.: usually used in pl.
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
Any of various small, savory Spanish dishes, often served as a snack or with other tapas as a meal.
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 tap2) 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 staple1).
- 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 tapaMarquesan and Tahitian; akin to Hawaiian kapa.
- 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.
OriginSee also: tapÃ
From Spanish tapa