raffia palm


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n raffia palm a large feather palm of Africa and Madagascar having very long pinnatisect fronds yielding a strong commercially important fiber from its leafstalks
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Central African raffia palm is known to have the longest leaves. The leaves can measure up to 82.5 feet long.
    • Raffia palm răf"fĭ*ȧ päm` A pinnate-leaved palm (Raphia ruffia) native of Madagascar, and of considerable economic importance on account of the strong fiber (raffia) obtained from its leafstalks.
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In literature:

This is obtained from the raffia or rofia palm, a native of the island of Madagascar.
"Asparagus, its culture for home use and for market:" by F. M. Hexamer
Raffia is the outside covering of the Madagascar palm.
"Practical Basketry" by Anna A. Gill

In news:

From gathering pine needles in Florida to maintaining a steady stock of raffia — natural grass stands similar to palms — Johanni finds himself interacting with nature very personally.