Definition of bast in English:

bast

Syllabification: bast
Pronunciation: /bast
 
/

noun

(also bast fiber)
  • 1Fibrous material from the phloem of a plant, used as fiber in matting, cord, etc..
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    • It wasn't unknown for the ribs for example to be lashed in place with bast fibre cords, that were soaked in pitch to preserve them.
    • They are made from papyrus root, bast fiber, and banana leaves and are decorated with mud dyes in elaborate patterns.
    • Linen is from flax, a bast fiber taken from the stalk of the plant.
  • 1.1 Botany The phloem or vascular tissue of a plant.
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    • Ramie is also similar to linen and is a bast of plant fiber.
    • The four groupings are: seed-hair fibers, leaf fibers, bast fibers, and miscellaneous fibers.
    • There was a clear deficiency of bast fibre along the length of the mutant stem.

Origin

Old English bæst; related to Dutch bast, German Bast; of unknown origin.

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