Definition of ramie in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈrami


[mass noun]
  • 1A vegetable fibre noted for its length and toughness.
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    • Potential sources being tested include soy, hemp, ramie, kenaf stems, pineapple and henequen leaves, and banana stems.
    • Plant fibre used in carpet construction, including sisal, cotton, jute, coconut, pineapple, ramie, and hemp, have characteristics similar to cotton.
    • While it is around 15% in jute, it is less than 5% in flax and ramie.
  • 1.1Cloth woven from ramie.
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    • It dissolves fabrics made of cellulose fibers, such as cotton, linen, rayon, and ramie, offering a variety of decorative options.
    • Climatex Lifecycle, made by Swiss company Rohner Textil, is fabric made of pesticide free wool and organically grown ramie (a natural linen-like fiber).
    • Another collection is totally natural with natural fabrics like ramie, natural colours such as green and yellow, and a simple cut.
  • 2The plant of the nettle family which yields ramie, native to tropical Asia.
    • Boehmeria nivea, family Urticaceae


mid 19th century: from Malay rami.

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