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tapis

[tap-ee, tap-is, ta-pee] /ˈtæp i, ˈtæp ɪs, tæˈpi/
noun, plural tapis.
1.
Obsolete. a carpet, tapestry, or other covering.
Idioms
2.
on the tapis, under consideration or discussion:
A new housing development for that area is on the tapis.
Origin
1485-1495
1485-95; < Middle French; Old French tapizGreek tapḗtion little carpet, equivalent to tapēt- (stem of tápēs) carpet + -ion diminutive suffix
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tapis

/ˈtæpiː; ˈtæpɪ; French tapi/
noun (pl) tapis
1.
tapestry or carpeting, esp as formerly used to cover a table in a council chamber
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Old French tapiz, from Greek tapētion rug, from tapēs carpet
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