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raffia or raphia (ˈræfɪə)
1.  Also called: raffia palm a palm tree, Raphia ruffia, native to Madagascar, that has large plumelike leaves, the stalks of which yield a useful fibre
2.  the fibre obtained from this plant, used for tying, weaving, etc
3.  any of several related palms or the fibre obtained from them
[C19: from Malagasy]
raphia or raphia
[C19: from Malagasy]

raphia (ˈræfɪə)
a variant spelling of raffia

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