One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The bark of the paper mulberry tree.
- ‘Boys learn to plant, cultivate, cook, and fish; girls learn to cook and are taught how to prepare tapa for decoration or clothing.’
- 1.1 Cloth made from the bark of the paper mulberry tree, used in the Pacific islands.
- ‘Beaded cloth from India, Indonesian batiks, and Hawaiian tapa are perfect for pillows or throws.’
- ‘On Wallis, there is no longer a central market but, as we have seen in the early sections of this paper, there is an important informal market for pigs, fish, tapa and mats.’
- ‘The attitude criticized in the words by the author quoted above also explains the importance of pigs, yams and taro for men and that of tapa and mats for women.’
- ‘The person is dressed in tapa, carries a whale's tooth, and is then seated on the ground for the tooth to be presented and listens to the speeches.’
- ‘The principal tasks for Wallisian men are the production of food in the form of root crops, pigs and seafood, whereas women produce tapa and mats.’
Early 19th century: of Polynesian origin.
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