raffia palm


Definition of 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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "What Is Kuba Cloth?," 7 Oct. 2020

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1867, in the meaning defined above

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“Raffia palm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raffia%20palm. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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