raffia

[ raf-ee-uh ]

noun
  1. a fiber obtained from the leaves of the raffia palm, used for tying plants and other objects and for making mats, baskets, hats, and the like.

Origin of raffia

1
1880–85; earlier rofia raffia palm, said to be <Malagasy

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British Dictionary definitions for raffia

raffia

raphia

/ (ˈræfɪə) /


noun
  1. Also called: raffia palm a palm tree, Raphia ruffia, native to Madagascar, that has large plumelike leaves, the stalks of which yield a useful fibre

  2. the fibre obtained from this plant, used for tying, weaving, etc

  1. any of several related palms or the fibre obtained from them

Origin of raffia

1
C19: from Malagasy

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