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see RafaRafa
or Rafah
, town in the present Gaza Strip on the Egyptian border. The ancient name was Raphia. There in 217 B.C., Ptolemy IV defeated Antiochus III.
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see raffiaraffia
or raphia
, fiber obtained from the raffia palm of Madagascar, exported for various uses, such as tying up plants that require support, binding together vegetables to be marketed, and weaving baskets, hats, and mats.
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an ancient city near the modern city of Gaza. In 217 B.C., during the dynastic wars of the Diadochoi, a battle took place near Raphia between the Syrian army of Antiochus III (62,000 infantry, 6,000 cavalry, and 102 war elephants) and the Egyptian army of Ptolemy IV (70,000 infantry, 5,000 cavalry, and 73 war elephants). Early in the battle, the Syrians overran the left flank of the Egyptian troops, and the Egyptians overran the left flank of the Syrian troops. Later, however, the Egyptian phalanx routed the center of the Syrian army, which fled in disorder. The Syrians lost 10,000 killed and 4,000 captured, and the Egyptians suffered more than 2,000 killed. Egyptian troops occupied a number of cities in Syria and Phoenicia.



a genus of plants of the family Palmae. The palms have one or numerous trunks and reach a height of 9–12 m. The pinnate fronds are 15–20 m long. The inflorescences are large (4–5 m across) and ramose, and they bear pistillate and stami-nate flowers. The fruits have a fibrous covering. After fruiting, the plant dies.

There are approximately 30 species of Raphia, distributed in tropical Africa, on Madagascar, on the Mascarene Islands, and in South America. The fronds and their stalks of all species contain a strong fiber (piassava), from which brushes and various wicker items are made. Fiber from the fronds of R. vinifera, R. text His, and R. ruffa is used for making industrial textiles; it is also used as a binding material in horticulture.


, raphia
1. 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
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Presenting his collection at the Unctad summit, Cameroonian fashion designer, singer, composer and model Anggy Haif, whose designs marry modern textiles with natural materials such as raphia, roots, liana, leaves, and other gathered items, was a show stopper.
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Covering, region by region, the handmade textiles of West, North, East, Central and Southern Africa, this book outlines and describes the vast amount of techniques used--including strip weaving and cut-pile raphia embroidery which are virtually unique to Africa--tie and dye, stitched resist, applique, bead, shell and feather work.
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