raffia palm


: a large pinnate-leaved palm (Raphia farinifera synonym R. ruffia) of Madagascar and tropical Africa valued for the fiber obtained from its petiole

Examples of raffia palm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The best-selling bag, woven with 100 percent raffia palm, is also available in blue, yellow, black and white. Natalie Alcala, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 July 2023 Both bamboo and raffia palm trees are fast-growing crops that are eco-friendly and non-animal sourced. Laird Borrelli-Persson, Vogue, 3 June 2021 The 14 rooms are decorated with raffia palm writing tables, bamboo side tables, botanical lampshades, straw bed frames and headboards. BostonGlobe.com, 23 Apr. 2021 Traditionally woven using raffia palm fibers, Kuba cloths range in size and shape and are renowned as a significant art tradition from this part of the world. Gabrielle Davenport, House Beautiful, 7 Oct. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1867, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of raffia palm was in 1867

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“Raffia palm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raffia%20palm. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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