• WordNet 3.6
    • n tapa a paperlike cloth made in the South Pacific by pounding tapa bark
    • n tapa the thin fibrous bark of the paper mulberry and Pipturus albidus
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tapa A kind of cloth prepared by the Polynesians from the inner bark of the paper mulberry; -- sometimes called also kapa.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tapa A material much used for mats, hangings, and loin-girdles by the natives of the Pacific islands, consisting of the bark of the paper-mulberry, Broussonetia papyrifera. It is prepared by steeping, and afterward beating with mallets, the width being thus increased and the length diminished; two strips are beaten into one to increase the strength.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tapa tä′pä the bark of the paper-mulberry, much used in the South Seas for mats, &c
    • Tapa Also Tap′pa
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In literature:

He was dressed in all the dignity of a woollen shirt, with a piece of fine "tapa" for a waistcloth, feet and legs bare.
"The Cruise of the Cachalot" by Frank T. Bullen
Then the old man unwound the "tapa" around him and threw it on the mats, as did others.
"Wanderings Among South Sea Savages And in Borneo and the Philippines" by H. Wilfrid Walker
Some were evidently bales of tapa-cloth.
"Sailing Alone Around The World" by Joshua Slocum
Vrihaduktha, another son of Tapa, belongs to the Earth.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2" by Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
The cloth produced is soft and pliable, but is not of the fineness of tapa, and it is always in comparatively narrow pieces.
"The Tinguian" by Fay-Cooper Cole
Formerly the maro and the slight covering of the tapa alone shielded them from the sun and rain.
"Northern California, Oregon, and the Sandwich Islands" by Charles Nordhoff
Tapas, that is asceticism or self-mortification, holds in the religious thought and practice of India as large a place as sacrifice.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
Vrihaduktha, another son of Tapa, belongs to the Earth.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
Tapas-kshetra because Kuru, the common ancestor of the rival houses, performed his ascetic austerities there.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
When thus formed, it is called Tapa or Taba, a name by which it is generally known among all the islands of the Pacific.
"The Cruise of the Dainty" by William H. G. Kingston

In news:

Hina and Maui The Story of Hawaiian Tapa Making at Bailey House Museum.
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Chef Jose Garces' second Philadelphia restaurant, Tinto , takes its cues from the tapas and wine bars in the Basque region of Spain.
Former Tapas Space In Hartford Goes To the Dogs: Hot Dogs.
Burbank's Ngalu Tapa leads the state in sacks and likes to pull off his helmet and yell into the air on the sideline.
El Pulpo Restaurant and Tapas Bar offers authentic Spanish cuisine in an unexpected locale.
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Italian Seafood Steaks Vegetarian Burgers Tapas/Small Plates.
Tapas and Top Hats fundraiser includes speech by Kate Gosselin.
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Rick Graefe STLhighschoolsports.com Lobster Ravioli at Balban's Wine Cellar and Tapas Bar.
The resort 's six restaurants and seven lounges include AmaLur Nuevo Latino and Tapas, featuring the creations of award-winning chef Stephan Pyles.
Da Rosa 's signature items are the cured hams from Spain, Italy, and Portugal, particularly the Iberico ham, which is served tapas-style or in larger portions with toast and a salad.
The hottest tapas restaurant in Barcelona has dazzle.