1 (also bast fibre) [mass noun] Fibrous material from a plant, in particular the inner bark of a tree such as the lime, used as fibre in matting, cord, etc.
- 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.
- 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.
Old English bæst; related to Dutch bast, German Bast; of unknown origin.
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