Definition of raffia
: the fiber of the raffia palm used especially as cord for tying and weaving
Recent Examples of raffia from the Web
The core is made of rope (all-cotton clothesline is ideal), and the wrap is left-over bits of yarn, raffia or fabric torn into strips.
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Origin and Etymology of raffia
First Known Use: 1850See Words from the same year
RAFFIA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of raffia for English Language Learners
: material that looks like string, is made from palm leaves, and is used to make baskets, hats, etc.
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