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latilla

[luh-tee-uh; Spanish lah-tee-yah] /ləˈti ə; Spanish lɑˈti yɑ/
noun, Chiefly Southwestern U.S.
1.
a peeled branch or piece of wood laid between beams of a ceiling or above the vigas for decoration.
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  • Exposed vigas and full latilla ceilings, as well as hand-carved fireplaces and bancos, complement the thick adobe walls.

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