- Bot. any type of phloem
- fiber obtained from phloem, used in making ropes, mats, etc.
Origin of bastMiddle English from Old English bæst, inner bark of trees; akin to German and Old Norse bast
- The phloem of a plant.
- Bast fiber.
Origin of bastMiddle English from Old English bæst
From Middle English, from Old English bæst (“bast, inner bark of trees from which ropes were made”), from Proto-Germanic *bastaz (“bast, rope”) (compare the Swedish bast, Dutch bast, German Bast), perhaps an alteration of Proto-Indo-European *bʰask-, *bʰasḱ- (“bundle”) (compare Middle Irish basc (“necklace”), Latin fascis (“bundle”), Albanian bashkë (“tied, linked”)).