Bast meaning

băst
The phloem of a plant.
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(bot.) Any type of phloem.
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Bast fiber.
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Fiber obtained from phloem, used in making ropes, mats, etc.
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Fibre made from the phloem of certain plants and used for matting and cord.
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Origin of bast

  • Middle English from Old English bæst

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

  • 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