Bast Definition

băst
noun
The phloem of a plant.
American Heritage
Any type of phloem.
Webster's New World
Bast fiber.
American Heritage
Fiber obtained from phloem, used in making ropes, mats, etc.
Webster's New World

Fibre made from the phloem of certain plants and used for matting and cord.

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Other Word Forms of Bast

Noun

Singular:
bast
Plural:
basts

Origin of Bast

  • 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”)).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old English bæst

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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