(Tap"es*try), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tapestried ; p. pr. & vb. n. Tapestrying.] To adorn with
tapestry, or as with tapestry.
The Trosachs wound, as now, between gigantic walls of rock tapestried with broom and wild roses.Macaulay.
(Tap"et) n. [L. tapete. See Tapestry.] Worked or figured stuff; tapestry. [R.] Spenser.
(Tap"e*ti) n.; pl. Tapetis [Braz.] (Zoöl.) A small South American hare
(||Ta*pe"tum) n. [NL., from L. tapete a carpet, a tapestry.] (Anat.) An area in the pigmented
layer of the choroid coat of the eye in many animals, which has an iridescent or metallic luster and helps
to make the eye visible in the dark. Sometimes applied to the whole layer of pigmented epithelium of
(Tape"worm`) n. (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of cestode worms belonging to Tænia
and many allied genera. The body is long, flat, and composed of numerous segments or proglottids
varying in shape, those toward the end of the body being much larger and longer than the anterior ones,
and containing the fully developed sexual organs. The head is small, destitute of a mouth, but furnished
with two or more suckers (which vary greatly in shape in different genera), and sometimes, also, with
hooks for adhesion to the walls of the intestines of the animals in which they are parasitic. The larvæ (see
Cysticercus) live in the flesh of various creatures, and when swallowed by another animal of the right
species develop into the mature tapeworm in its intestine. See Illustration in Appendix.
Three species are common parasites of man: the pork tapeworm the larva of which is found in pork; the
beef tapeworm the larva of which lives in the flesh of young cattle; and the broad tapeworm (Bothriocephalus
latus) which is found chiefly in the inhabitants of the mountainous regions of Europe and Asia.
See also Echinococcus, Cysticercus, Proglottis, and 2d Measles, 4.
(Tap"house`) n. A house where liquors are retailed.
(||Taph*ren"chy*ma) n. [Gr. a trench + enchyma, as in parenchyma.] (Bot.) Same as
(Tap"i*nage) n. [See Tapish.] A lurking or skulking. [Obs.] Gower.
(Tap`i*o"ca) n. [Braz. tapioka: cf. Pg., Sp. & F. tapioca.] A coarsely granular substance
obtained by heating, and thus partly changing, the moistened starch obtained from the roots of the cassava.
It is much used in puddings and as a thickening for soups. See Cassava.
(Ta"pir) n. [Braz. tapy'ra: cf. F. tapir.] (Zoöl.) Any one of several species of large odd-toed ungulates
belonging to Tapirus, Elasmognathus, and allied genera. They have a long prehensile upper lip, short
ears, short and stout legs, a short, thick tail, and short, close hair. They have three toes on the hind
feet, and four toes on the fore feet, but the outermost toe is of little use.