One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Fibrous material from a plant, in particular the inner bark of a tree such as the lime, used as fibre in matting, cord, etc.
rind, skin, peel, sheath, covering, outer layer, coating, casing, crustView synonyms
- ‘Linen is from flax, a bast fiber taken from the stalk of the plant.’
- ‘They are made from papyrus root, bast fiber, and banana leaves and are decorated with mud dyes in elaborate patterns.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Willow, lime and again oak trees give some of the most useful bast fibres.’
- ‘Another was the lime tree whose fibrous inner bark, bast, was used for a number of purposes.’
- 1.1Botany 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.’
- ‘The phloem of some stems also contains thick-walled, elongate fiber cells which are called bast fibers.’
- ‘Bast fibers come from the phloem tissues of dicotyledonous plants.’
- ‘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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