Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Southwestern U.S. A usually peeled limb or stick used as a ceiling material, as between beams or vigas.

Etymologies

American Spanish, diminutive of Spanish lata, small stick, from Vulgar Latin *latta, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Wisely, the view of the dramatically illuminated boulders, the striking spruce trunk in the center of the room and the signature wooden roof whose narrow spokes - "latilla" in Spanish - give the restaurant its name, remain unmolested.

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