Definition of tapa in English:


Syllabification: ta·pa
Pronunciation: /ˈtäpə


  • 1The bark of the paper mulberry tree.
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    • 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.
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    • 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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