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lapa Line breaks: lapa
Pronunciation: /ˈlɑːpə/

Definition of lapa in English:


South African
A courtyard or similar enclosure, especially the first of two courtyards in a traditional Sotho homestead.
Example sentences
  • Board members, management and staff of the zoo, and guests from Bird Life South Africa and Sasol, gathered at a lapa adjoining the Sasol Wing of the bird enclosure, for the official launch of the booklet on 9 June.
  • Here, on 2.8 hectares of prime real estate in Orlando West, people can rent one of the 10 self-catering bushveld-style lapas - available for the day - or hold conferences or functions.
  • Seating is offered under the lapas, around the bar (on unique lavatory seats), indoors or out in the garden.


From Sotho lelapa.

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