Rasp, n. [OE. raspe, OF. raspe, F. rpe. See Rasp, v.]
1. A coarse file, on which the cutting prominences are distinct points raised by the oblique stroke of a sharp punch, instead of lines raised by a chisel, as on the true file.
2. The raspberry.
[Obs.] "Set sorrel amongst rasps, and the rasps will be the smaller."
(Bot.), a Brazilian palm tree (Iriartea exorhiza) which has strong arial roots like a screw pine. The roots have a hard, rough surface, and are used by the natives for graters and rasps, whence the common name.
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