Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of palms of the tribe Lepidocaryeæ, type of the subtribe Raphieæ (which is distinguished from the true ratan-palms, Calameæ, by a completely three-celled ovary).

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  • 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.

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Examples

  • Oils from the larvae of raphia palm beetle (Oryctes rhinoceros) recorded the highest level of non-saturation of 65. 61percent while the winged termite had the least level non-saturation of 50.02 percent.

    Nigerian Scientists Discover Pharmaceutical Potential Of Insects

  • In 1774 Dr. Johnson, in a letter, wished that “what is undeservedly forgotten of our antiquated literature might be re - vived” and John Berkenhout in 1777 subtitled his Biog - raphia Literaria, A Biographical History of Literature, in which he proposed to give a “concise view of the rise and progress of literature.”

    LITERATURE AND ITS COGNATES

  • Miss Carpenter, as she separated long strands of raphia and initiated her pupils into the art of twisting and stitching, was almost as merry as Miss Pennington, whose infectious laugh, as she related James Mandeville's latest speeches, kept them all in a gale.

    The Pleasant Street Partnership A Neighborhood Story

  • Alex asked, her eyes on the strings of raphia and an unfinished basket that lay on the table.

    The Pleasant Street Partnership A Neighborhood Story

  • Raffia, a native of the South Sea Islands and of Madagascar, is the inner bark of the raphia palm, pulled off, torn into narrow strips, dried in the sun, and bound into bunches, which are plaited together and stored ready for use or shipping.

    Construction Work for Rural and Elementary Schools

  • The work of this course will consist of freehand paper cutting, paper folding, cardboard construction leading toward book-making, weaving, work in raphia, and clay modeling.

    University of Virginia Record

  • The work of this course will consist of freehand paper cutting, paper folding, cardboard construction leading toward book-making, weaving, work in raphia, and clay modelling.

    University of Virginia Record

  • You find here enormous acacias, monkey-bread trees, raphia palms and baobabs; less gloom, and fewer creeping and hanging plants.

    The Pools of Silence

  • Now, as they resumed their way, the trees altered and drew farther apart, the ground was solid under foot, and through the foliage of the euphorbia and raphia palm came stray glimmers of sunshine, bits of blue sky, birds, voices, and the whisper of a breeze.

    The Pools of Silence

  • With this road-metal are mingled short strips of raphia, or palm-fibre, flexible ribbons, easily bent.

    The Life of the Spider

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