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

  • n. An African palm tree (Raphia ruffia) having large leaves that yield a useful fiber.
  • n. The leaf fibers of this plant, used for mats, baskets, and other products.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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

Etymologies

Malagasy rafia.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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