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raf·fi·a

 (răf′ē-ə)
n.
1. A palm tree (Raphia farinifera) of East Africa and Madagascar, having large leaves that yield a useful fiber.
2. The leaf fibers of this plant, used for mats, baskets, and other products.

[Malagasy rafia.]
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raffia

(ˈræfɪə) or

raphia

n
1. (Plants) Also called: raffia palm a palm tree, Raphia ruffia, native to Madagascar, that has large plumelike leaves, the stalks of which yield a useful fibre
2. (Plants) the fibre obtained from this plant, used for tying, weaving, etc
3. (Plants) any of several related palms or the fibre obtained from them
[C19: from Malagasy]
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raf•fi•a

(ˈræf i ə)

n.
a fiber obtained from the leaves of the raffia palm, used for tying plants and other objects and for making mats, baskets, hats, etc.
[1880–85; earlier rofia raffia palm, said to be < Malagasy]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.raffia - leaf fibers of the raffia palm treeraffia - leaf fibers of the raffia palm tree; used to make baskets and mats etc.
plant fiber, plant fibre - fiber derived from plants
2.raffia - fiber of a raffia palm used as light cordage and in making hats and baskets
Raffia farinifera, raffia palm, Raffia ruffia - a large feather palm of Africa and Madagascar having very long pinnatisect fronds yielding a strong commercially important fiber from its leafstalks
fiber, fibre - a slender and greatly elongated substance capable of being spun into yarn
3.Raffia - feather palm of tropical Africa and Madagascar and Central and South America widely grown for commercial purposes
liliopsid genus, monocot genus - genus of flowering plants having a single cotyledon (embryonic leaf) in the seed
Arecaceae, family Arecaceae, family Palmaceae, family Palmae, palm family, Palmaceae, Palmae - chiefly tropical trees and shrubs and vines usually having a tall columnar trunk bearing a crown of very large leaves; coextensive with the order Palmales
Raffia farinifera, raffia palm, Raffia ruffia - 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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Translations
rafie
raffiabast
rafia
raffíubast
rafija
rafia
rafya

raffia

[ˈræfɪə] Nrafia f
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raffia

[ˈræfiə] nraphia m
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raffia

n (= plant)Raphia(palme) f; (= fibre)Raphiabast m; (for handicraft, garden) → Bast m; raffia workBastarbeit f; raffia table matBastuntersetzer m
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raffia

[ˈræfɪə] nrafia
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raffia

(ˈrӕfiə) noun
(strips of) fibre from the leaves of a type of palm tree, used for making mats, baskets etc.
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References in periodicals archive ?
For many years, dozens of housewives from Barangay Pinayagan Norte in the town of Tubigon, Bohol, have been weaving raffia, a natural fiber from palm trees, into fabrics that find their way in the form of various products to buyers overseas.
NUDE STRAPPY RAFFIA WEDGES PS30 ASOS GOLD METAL & STONE CUFF PS6 FOREVER 21 TROPICAL PRINT SHIFT MAXI DRESS PS42 WAREHOUSE NUDE BUCKET BAG PS39.99 MANGO BUDGET MULTI-COLOURED STRIPE STRAW DUFFLE BAG PS18 VERY blUe & WHITE STRIPE MAXI DRESS WITH KNOT BACK DETAIL PS24.99 h&M WHITE SCALE PRINT LEATHER SANDALS PS45 ALDO PEACH FRAME SUNGLASSES PS8 DOROTHY PERKINS
These raffia sandals look great with skinny jeans and a vest.
com Bow cuff, PS8, Boohoo.com Pink bow jumper, PS39, Miss Selfridge Lemon bow dress, PS30, Dorothy Perkins Bow heels, PS50, Debenhams Lilac bow flats, PS58, Office 6 Bold colours and graphic prints give earthy raffia pieces some extra punch this summer.
Red dress, pounds 69, Holly Willoughby @ Very; suede clutch, pounds 19.99, Zara; raffia wedges, pounds 65, Topshop
Mrs Johnson took along her own collection - including hats made from wool, cotton, straw, raffia, felt, fur and a banana leaf.
Raffia or canvas are ideal for easy spring cool and a lot of designers have done a big raffia shoulder bag this spring/summer.
Other offerings will include throws, duvets and window treatments in directional fabrications woven from raffia and wood bark fibers, embroidered silks, and raffia-yarn embedded sheers, with trims such as mink and feathers.
Drill a line of small holes around the neck hole; they should be just large enough to insert the needle and raffia or some wire.
The traditional colors get a rustic treatment with ornaments of wood pieces wrapped in red plaid, nesting birds made of woven raffia, and red berries.
GOLD METAL DOUBLE CIRCLE FRONT EARRINGS PS6.50 TOPSHOP BARGAIN DARK DENIM JUMPSUIT WITH WAIST TIE & RIP DETAIL PS44.99 ZARA RED DRAWSTRING tassel bag 39.50 MARKS & SPENCER RED LEATHER raffia flatforM SANDALS PS55 ALDO priMary colour tortoiseshell CONTEST BUDGET BROWN LEATHER LOOK & RAFFIA WEDGE SANDALS PS35 ASOS navy & GREEN FLORAL PRINT JUMPSUIT PS22.99 NEW LOOK GOLD RAFFIA & CHAIN CLUTCH BAG PS7.99 H&M TAN WIDE SUEDE WAIST BELT WITH BUCKLE PS29.99 MANGO