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raffia Line breaks: raf¦fia
Pronunciation: /ˈrafɪə/

Definition of raffia in English:


1A palm tree native to tropical Africa and Madagascar, with a short trunk and leaves which may be up to 18 m (60 feet) long.
  • Raphia ruffia, family Palmae
Example sentences
  • In addition, clothing and mats are popular wares, which are often made from the ubiquitous raffia palm tree.
  • In addition, the raffia palms, of which there are various species in the African tropics and a few in S. America, yield oil.
1.1 [mass noun] The fibre from the leaves of the raffia tree, used for making items such as hats and baskets: [as modifier]: raffia mats
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  • Traditional crafts have also had a long tradition of importance for items such as pottery, handwoven cloth, carved stools, raffia baskets, and gold jewelry.
  • Three of us shared that space; half of the cell was taken up by the bed - a raised concrete platform with raffia mats.
  • Brylee threw the role of raffia into the basket she was pushing, and the two continued walking.


Early 18th century: from Malagasy.

Words that rhyme with raffia

Mafia, tafia
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