Definition of attap in English:

attap

(also atap)

noun

  • [mass noun] Thatch made in SE Asia from palm fronds:

    [as modifier] ‘attap huts’
    • ‘There was a group of women there, weaving attap thatched roofing from nipah palm leaves.’
    • ‘Dried fronds are used as thatching and called attap in Malay and nipa in the Philippines.’
    • ‘The attap huts were part of the main school buildings, and catered for infant and primary classes.’
    • ‘The other many casualties from the truck were carried to wayside attap huts.’

Origin

Early 19th century: from Malay atap roof, thatch.

Pronunciation

attap

/ˈatəp/