Definition of tapa in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtäpə/


1The bark of the paper mulberry tree.
Example sentences
  • Boys learn to plant, cultivate, cook, and fish; girls learn to cook and are taught how to prepare tapa for decoration or clothing.
1.1 (also tapa cloth) Cloth made from the bark of the paper mulberry tree, used in the Pacific islands.
Example sentences
  • Beaded cloth from India, Indonesian batiks, and Hawaiian tapa are perfect for pillows or throws.
  • The principal tasks for Wallisian men are the production of food in the form of root crops, pigs and seafood, whereas women produce tapa and mats.
  • On Wallis, there is no longer a central market but, as we have seen in the early sections of this paper, there is an important informal market for pigs, fish, tapa and mats.


Early 19th century: of Polynesian origin.

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Syllabification: ta·pa

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