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Definition of "raffia" [raf•fi•a]

  • An African palm tree (Raphia ruffia) having large leaves that yield a useful fiber. (noun)
  • The leaf fibers of this plant, used for mats, baskets, and other products. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "raffia" in a sentence
  • "A veritable aerie boasting a 180-degree Pacific Ocean view, a stone fireplace, a slate tub, every surface discreetly touched with perfect northern California appointments — exotic teas, eucalyptus bath salts twined in raffia, Bose sound system with DMX … “No!”"
  • "In passing from the reed basket, the next step would be the raffia and then the combination of reed and raffia, which is worked out in all forms of Indian basketry."
  • "When cord is used it cuts deeply into the new growth, and raffia, which is placed on flat, will be burst open."