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1. An open-sided dwelling with a thatched roof made of dried palm leaves.
2. A structure, such as a bar or restaurant in a tropical resort, that is open-sided and thatched with palm leaves.

[Mexican Spanish, from regional Mexican Spanish (Michoacán) palapa, cohune palm, fronds of cohune palm used as a building material, from a Malayo-Polynesian source (transmitted via trans-Pacific trade in the mercantile era) such as Tagalog palapa, midrib of a banana leaf or large palm frond, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *palaqpaq, midrib of a coconut frond.]
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(pəˈlɑːpə; Spanish paˈlapa)
(Architecture) US an open-sided structure with a palm-thatched roof
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