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A grass, Saccharum munja, found in South Asia, whose leaves yield fibre used for making ropes and matting. More fully "munj fibre", "munj grass".
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in John Forbes Royle (1798–1858), surgeon and naturalist. From Sanskrit muñja (also with vernacular pronunciation muñj).
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