Definition of tapa in English:

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tapa

Pronunciation: /ˈtɑːpə/

noun

[mass noun]
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 tapa, 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.

Origin

Early 19th century: of Polynesian origin.

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