One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A vegetable fibre noted for its length and toughness.
- ‘While it is around 15% in jute, it is less than 5% in flax and ramie.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1 Cloth woven from ramie.
- ‘Another collection is totally natural with natural fabrics like ramie, natural colours such as green and yellow, and a simple cut.’
- ‘Climatex Lifecycle, made by Swiss company Rohner Textil, is fabric made of pesticide free wool and organically grown ramie (a natural linen-like fiber).’
- ‘The fibre in its various forms will eventually rank alongside linen, cotton, and ramie.’
- ‘It dissolves fabrics made of cellulose fibers, such as cotton, linen, rayon, and ramie, offering a variety of decorative options.’
- ‘Indeed, even coastal fisheries were severely hampered after 1941 by mounting shortages of cotton yarn, ramie, Manila hemp, and, most importantly, petroleum.’
- ‘I would like to dye them both darker colors - but linen is traditionally one of the more difficult natural fibers to dye, and I don't know anything about dying ramie at all, except that it is ‘similar’ to flax.’
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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