Definition of Raphia in English:

Raphia

noun

Botany
  • Originally: the palm Raphia farinifera, which is native to Madagascar and tropical Africa and is a principal source of the fibre raffia. In later use: (in form Raphia) a genus of tropical African and American palms which are noted for their enormous leaves and are a source of fibre, wax, wine, beads, and other products; (also raphia) any palm of this genus.

Origin

Late 18th century. From French raphia. Compare scientific Latin Raphia, genus name.

Pronunciation

Raphia

/ˈrafɪə/