raffia

[ raf-ee-uh ]
/ ˈræf i ə /

noun

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.

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Also raphia.

Origin of raffia

1880–85; earlier rofia raffia palm, said to be <Malagasy
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British Dictionary definitions for raffia

raffia

raphia

/ (ˈræfɪə) /

noun

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

C19: from Malagasy
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