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raf·fi·a / ˈrafēə/ • n. a palm tree (Raphia ruffia) native to tropical Africa and Madagascar, with a short trunk and leaves that may be up to 60 feet (18 m) long. ∎  the fiber from these leaves, used for making items such as hats, baskets, and mats.

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raffia (bast, bass) A fibrous tissue from the upper sides of young leaflets of the palm Raphia vinifera that is used for tying plants and to make hats, mats, ect. See RAPHIA.

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raffia XIX. var. of raphia, var. rofia kind of palm (rofeer XVIII); of Malagasy orig.