[ raf-ee-uh ]
/ ˈræf i ə /


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.
Also raphia.

Origin of raffia

1880–85; earlier rofia raffia palm, said to be < Malagasy
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/ (ˈræfɪə) /


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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