Meaning of BAST in English


/bast/ , n.

1. Bot. phloem.

2. Also called bast fiber . any of several strong, woody fibers, as flax, hemp, ramie, or jute, obtained from phloem tissue and used in the manufacture of woven goods and cordage.

[ bef. 900; ME; OE baest; c. D, G, ON bast; perh. ult. c. L fascis bundle. See BASS 3 ]

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