raf·​fia | \ˈra-fē-ə \

Definition of raffia 

: the fiber of the raffia palm used especially as cord for tying and weaving

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Prana now rolls and ties each apparel item with raffia, instead of wrapping clothing in individual polybags. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "LimeLoop Makes Packaging Reusable," 3 July 2018 The film overflows with images of Africans looking amazing ― in (lion) furs, in raffia, in blinding gold. Amber Ferguson, chicagotribune.com, "Before Wakanda, there was Zamunda: Eddie Murphy's 'Coming to America' turns 30," 29 June 2018 The result is bright raffia bags in chic, modern silhouettes. Georgia Murray, refinery29.com, "Where To Find The Coolest African Designers Online," 28 June 2018 Nina Hertig of London’s Sigmar gallery has helped clients build a focus on the company’s vintage raffia pieces, or glass, or boxes and bowls. Sarah Medford, WSJ, "The Family That Has Elevated Everyday Items to Art," 29 May 2018 Cut a longer piece of raffia that fits around the entire box and string it through the tassel loops. Lindsey Desimone, ELLE Decor, "3 DIY Gift Wrap Ideas For Fashion Lovers," 18 Sep. 2015 The screen is 17th-century Japanese, and the metallic raffia wallcovering is by Phillip Jeffries. As Told To Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "This London Pied-à-Terre Bans Dreariness with Midcentury Glam and Japanese Antiques," 25 Apr. 2018 Tie your lei po‘o onto your head, and trim any excess raffia. Sunset, "How to Throw an Elegant Hawaiian Feast," 22 Jan. 2018 Step 2: Braid Tie four 3-foot-long raffia cords (check craft stores) into a knot 6 inches from the end. Sunset, "How to Throw an Elegant Hawaiian Feast," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of raffia

1850, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for raffia

Malagasy rafia

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raffia palm

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English Language Learners Definition of raffia

: material that looks like string, is made from palm leaves, and is used to make baskets, hats, etc.

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