One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in the Indian subcontinent) a delivery of mail.
post, letters, packages, parcels, correspondence, communications, airmailView synonyms
- ‘They had to establish a tappal of their own, up and down the works between Madras and Beypoor.’
- ‘The conveyance of official papers form three-fourths of the mail conveyed by tappal.’
- ‘The tappal runs very irregularly from Poonah to the Kistna.’
- ‘A packet of six English newspapers would be above the weight allowed to go by tappal.’
- ‘The Tappal from Trincomalie reaches there on all other days at three or four o'clock.’
Late 18th century: origin unknown.
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