- a palm tree (Raphia ruffia) of Madagascar, with large, pinnate leaves
- fiber from its leaves, used as string or woven into baskets, hats, etc.
Origin of raffiafrom Malagasy rofia
- A palm tree (Raphia farinifera) of East Africa and Madagascar, having large leaves that yield a useful fiber.
- The leaf fibers of this plant, used for mats, baskets, and other products.
Origin of raffiaMalagasy rafia
From Malagasy rofia.