raffia palm


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raf′fia palm`


n.
a palm, Raphia ruffia, of Madagascar, having pinnate leaves that yield a strong, flexible fiber.
[1895–1900]
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Noun1.raffia palm - a large feather palm of Africa and Madagascar having very long pinnatisect fronds yielding a strong commercially important fiber from its leafstalksraffia palm - a large feather palm of Africa and Madagascar having very long pinnatisect fronds yielding a strong commercially important fiber from its leafstalks
palm tree, palm - any plant of the family Palmae having an unbranched trunk crowned by large pinnate or palmate leaves
genus Raffia, genus Raphia, Raphia, Raffia - feather palm of tropical Africa and Madagascar and Central and South America widely grown for commercial purposes
raffia - fiber of a raffia palm used as light cordage and in making hats and baskets
jupati, jupati palm, jupaty, Raffia taedigera - a tall Brazilian feather palm with a terminal crown of very large leathery pinnatisect leaves rising from long strong stems used for structural purposes
Raffia vinifera, bamboo palm - a palm of the genus Raffia
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The raffia sap used in this study was obtained from raffia palm plantations located at Apeadu in the Ashanti region of Ghana.
Ugbali is a tool made of two or three twisted raffia palm string (ekwele or ekwere) which, when rolled on the surface of the pot, creates a repeated pattern during the leather-hard stage (Ebebe, 1978:29, Ochi, 1971:18, Ezeagwaghi, 1994:67).
Sitting outside the gates of a Gambian nature reserve, a crowd of dancing, singing, clapping villagers--led by a "hunting spirit" wearing horns on his head and covered in gourds, snail shells, strips of raffia palm, and ripped plastic and burlap bags from head to knee--parades past, begging money from all the nearby compounds for their football team.