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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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It has been the custom and tradition that during this period Filipinos participate in the Eucharistic celebration of the Palm Sunday (Linggo ng Palapas), The Chanting of Pasyon (Pabasa), Cenacle (Senakulo), Visita Iglesia, Washing of the Feet, Procession of the Saints, and the Salubong or the welcoming ritual of Christ's resurrection.
A woman makes palm fronds or palapas at Quinta Market in Quiapo Manila.
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Pathways wind throughout the property, which includes a children's playground, a campsite, a teepee, several palapas, and a resort-style infinity-edged swimming pool.
Flickering candle light in the subterranean space reveals pre-Columbian stone-carved motifs on the walls, colorful tile flooring and thatched palapas overhead.
The main spot is the Parque de la Palapas, a square lined with thatched stalls where children race radio-controlled cars.