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raffia (n.)

fiber-yielding tree of Madagascar, 1729, rofia, from Malagasy rafia. Modern form is attested from 1882; also raphia (1866). As the name of a soft fiber made from the leaves of the plant by 1882.

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Definitions of raffia from WordNet
1
raffia (n.)
leaf fibers of the raffia palm tree; used to make baskets and mats etc.;
Synonyms: raphia
raffia (n.)
fiber of a raffia palm used as light cordage and in making hats and baskets;
2
Raffia (n.)
feather palm of tropical Africa and Madagascar and Central and South America widely grown for commercial purposes;
Synonyms: genus Raffia / Raphia / genus Raphia
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