ra·​phia ˈrā-fē-ə How to pronounce raphia (audio) ˈra- How to pronounce raphia (audio)
: raffia

Word History


New Latin, genus of palms, from Malagasy rafia raffia

First Known Use

circa 1866, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of raphia was circa 1866

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Cite this Entry

“Raphia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raphia. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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