Definition of raffia in English:

raffia

noun

  • 1A palm tree native to tropical Africa and Madagascar, with a short trunk and leaves that may grow up to 60 feet (18 m) long.

    • ‘In addition, clothing and mats are popular wares, which are often made from the ubiquitous raffia palm tree.’
    • ‘In addition, the raffia palms, of which there are various species in the African tropics and a few in S. America, yield oil.’
    1. 1.1 The fiber from the raffia leaves, used for making items such as hats, baskets, and mats.
      • ‘I slipped on some raffia flip-flops and went down to the gardens.’
      • ‘Oly's interpretation of the traditional oval-armchair appears fresh in a creamy finish with raffia upholstery and nailhead trim.’
      • ‘You can accent the ornament with twine or raffia bows.’
      • ‘I placed our raffia sleeping mats at the corners of the room, next to our bags and food.’
      • ‘Brylee threw the role of raffia into the basket she was pushing, and the two continued walking.’
      • ‘All are dressed in raffia skirts - one wears an additional skirt made of leaves - and four participants wear raffia capes.’
      • ‘‘Besides the cans of insecticide, we also spotted a pair of scissors, a razor blade and raffia string,’ said the chief of Police.’
      • ‘Floral artists form perfect nosegays with bundled stems wrapped and tied in raffia ribbons.’
      • ‘Walls were covered in raffia to add the sensory appeal of touch and depth.’
      • ‘A set of raffia strings connect the skins on either end.’
      • ‘There are nine tables covered with blue and white check tablecloths with clean contrasting raffia place mats, with comfortable cane chairs.’
      • ‘Wrapped in a letter-pressed, raffia cover, all the material is printed as is, with individual handwriting and unique syntactical quirks intact.’
      • ‘Stitch the sides of the pouch together using raffia strands.’
      • ‘Using palm fronds braided into long strips that are then sewn together, the island women make hats, baskets, purses, and other items, often decorating them with raffia paper and seashells.’
      • ‘The Dakpogan forge is a land where raffia fibers become bicycle chains and cowry shells become sparkplugs - semantic equivalencies with a cutting edge.’
      • ‘A collar made of raffia is tied to the cap and the liana.’
      • ‘Traditional crafts have also had a long tradition of importance for items such as pottery, handwoven cloth, carved stools, raffia baskets, and gold jewelry.’
      • ‘One strip of raffia about a foot long was slipped through the holes in the front of the parfleche from the inside, pulled even and glued into place.’
      • ‘Indian paintings adorn the walls, the floors are tiled, and the chairs are heavy wood as are the tables, which are topped with raffia place mats.’
      • ‘Three of us shared that space; half of the cell was taken up by the bed - a raised concrete platform with raffia mats.’

Origin

Early 18th century: from Malagasy.

Pronunciation

raffia

/ˈræfiə//ˈrafēə/