palapa

[puh-lah-puh; Spanish pah-lah-pah]
noun, plural palapas [puh-lah-puhz; Spanish pah-lah-pahs] (esp. in Mexico)
1.
a simple, thatched-roof dwelling, usually open on the sides.
2.
any building resembling this, especially in a resort area, as a restaurant, beachhouse, or the like.

Origin:
perhaps < Mexican Spanish: a kind of palm tree

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