One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Thatch made in SE Asia from palm fronds.as modifier ‘attap huts’
- ‘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.’
- ‘There was a group of women there, weaving attap thatched roofing from nipah palm leaves.’
- ‘The other many casualties from the truck were carried to wayside attap huts.’
Early 19th century: from Malay atap ‘roof, thatch’.
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