Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A palm tree (Raphia farinifera) of East Africa and Madagascar, having large leaves that yield a useful fiber.
  • noun The leaf fibers of this plant, used for mats, baskets, and other products.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A palm, Raphia Ruffia, growing in Madagascar.
  • noun The fiber of this plant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A fibrous material used for tying plants, said to come from the leaves of a palm tree of the genus Raphia.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A fibrous material used for tying plants, said to come from the leaves of a palm tree of the genus Raphia.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun feather palm of tropical Africa and Madagascar and Central and South America widely grown for commercial purposes
  • noun leaf fibers of the raffia palm tree; used to make baskets and mats etc.
  • noun fiber of a raffia palm used as light cordage and in making hats and baskets

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Malagasy rafia.]

Examples

  • A veritable aerie boasting a 180-degree Pacific Ocean view, a stone fireplace, a slate tub, every surface discreetly touched with perfect northern California appointments — exotic teas, eucalyptus bath salts twined in raffia, Bose sound system with DMX … “No!”

    Cheap Thrills

  • A veritable aerie boasting a 180-degree Pacific Ocean view, a stone fireplace, a slate tub, every surface discreetly touched with perfect northern California appointments — exotic teas, eucalyptus bath salts twined in raffia, Bose sound system with DMX … “No!”

    Cheap Thrills

  • When cord is used it cuts deeply into the new growth, and raffia, which is placed on flat, will be burst open.

    Northern Nut Growers Association, Report Of The Proceedings At The Tenth Annual Meeting. Battle Creek, Michigan, December 9 and 10, 1919

  • In passing from the reed basket, the next step would be the raffia and then the combination of reed and raffia, which is worked out in all forms of Indian basketry.

    Construction Work for Rural and Elementary Schools

  • At this stage, you can either leave it brown and rustic looking and add appropriate trims, such as raffia straw, or you can ...

    Brown Paper Bag Bonnet

  • At this stage, you can either leave it brown and rustic looking and add appropriate trims, such as raffia straw, or you can ...

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • So little does he grasp the relation of cause and effect that he tries to break the bone of the leg before biting the raffia which is knotted close beside him.

    The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles

  • She notes that she favors pieces with summery design elements, such as raffia straps, wooden buttons or patterns in saturated bright colors such as orange or red, to offset the dress's formal length.

    Packing Just Enough for a Weekend at the Beach

  • Next to them he places several jars, each capped with red-checked fabric and tied with raffia.

    The Sorcerer’s Apprentices

  • Next to them he places several jars, each capped with red-checked fabric and tied with raffia.

    The Sorcerer’s Apprentices

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