tapa cloth

tapa

2 [tah-puh, tap-uh]
noun
1.
the bark of the paper mulberry.
2.
Also called tapa cloth. a cloth of the Pacific islands made by pounding this or similar barks flat and thin, used for clothing and floor covering.

Origin:
1815–25; < Polynesian

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tapa (ˈtɑːpə)
 
n
1.  the inner bark of the paper mulberry
2.  a paper-like cloth made from this in the Pacific islands
 
[C19: from Marquesan and Tahitian]

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