One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A vegetable fiber noted for its length and toughness.
- ‘While it is around 15% in jute, it is less than 5% in flax and ramie.’
- ‘Plant fibre used in carpet construction, including sisal, cotton, jute, coconut, pineapple, ramie, and hemp, have characteristics similar to cotton.’
- ‘Potential sources being tested include soy, hemp, ramie, kenaf stems, pineapple and henequen leaves, and banana stems.’
- 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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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).’
- ‘The fibre in its various forms will eventually rank alongside linen, cotton, and ramie.’
- ‘Indeed, even coastal fisheries were severely hampered after 1941 by mounting shortages of cotton yarn, ramie, Manila hemp, and, most importantly, petroleum.’
2The plant of the nettle family that yields ramie, native to tropical Asia and cultivated elsewhere.
Boehmeria nivea, family Urticaceae
Mid 19th century: from Malay rami.
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