- 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
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Historical Examples of raffia
The graft is tied with raffia, after which it is all but covered with a mound of soil.Manual of American Grape-Growing
U. P. Hedrick
Take a piece of raffia or cord and tie a loop with two ends.
Take three thick strands of raffia and twist them into a rope.
When the seat is woven whip the edge all around with raffia for a finish.
Problem—To teach how reed and raffia may be combined in construction.
- 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
- the fibre obtained from this plant, used for tying, weaving, etc
- any of several related palms or the fibre obtained from them
Word Origin for raffia
fiber-yielding tree of Madagascar, 1729, rofia, from Malagasy rafia. Modern form is attested from 1882; also raphia (1866).