Definitions

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

  • A pinnate-leaved palm (Raphia ruffia) native of Madagascar, and of considerable economic importance on account of the strong fiber (raffia) obtained from its leafstalks.
  • The jupati palm.

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

  • noun a large feather palm of Africa and Madagascar having very long pinnatisect fronds yielding a strong commercially important fiber from its leafstalks

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Examples

  • On the northbound winds small lateen-sailed boats called dhows traveled up the coast with sturdy mangrove wood, aromatic tree resins, gold, ivory, clove, and the fine, multipurpose fibers of the raffia palm.

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  • Their report was only off by a hair; the Kongo people made remarkable textiles by beating the fibrous bark of certain trees, or weaving thread from the raffia palm.

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  • Their report was only off by a hair; the Kongo people made remarkable textiles by beating the fibrous bark of certain trees, or weaving thread from the raffia palm.

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