1 strong woody fibers obtained especially from the phloem of from various plants [syn: bast fiber]
2 (botany) tissue that conducts synthesized food substances (e.g., from leaves) to parts where needed; consists primarily of sieve tubes [syn: phloem]
3 cat- or lion-headed Egyptian goddess; represents life-giving power of the sun
EtymologyOld English bæst, from Germanic *basta-. Cognate with Dutch bast, German Bast, Swedish bast.
- 1919, Ronald
Duckworth, hardback edition, page 87
- I thought I saw Him in the Long Walk there, by the bed of Nelly Roche, tending a fallen flower with a wisp of bast.
- 1997: ‘Egil's Saga’, tr. Bernard Scudder, The Sagas of
Icelanders, Penguin 2001, page 145
- He had taken along a long bast rope in his sleigh, since it was the custom on longer journeys to have a spare rope in case the reins needed mending.
Verbpresent imperfect and imperative forms of bassen
Bast may refer to:
- Bast (mythology), a goddess in Egyptian mythology
- Bast (biology), a type of plant fiber
- Bast, Afghanistan
- Bast (Marvel Comics), Marvel Comics depiction of the goddess
- Bast, The Sandman (Vertigo) depiction of the goddess
- Sharess, also known as Bast, the deity and leader of a beast cult in the Forgotten Realms fictional universe
- Bast Castle, an Imperial stronghold located on the planet Vjun in the Star Wars fictional universe
- Chief Bast, an Imperial officer from Star Wars
- Bast (artist), NYC-based graffiti artist.
- Ørnulf Bast, Norwegian artist and sculptor.
- In Iran, Bast (sanctuary, asylum), the designation of certain sanctuaries that are considered inviolable and were often used by people seeking refuge from prosecution
bast in German: Bast
bast in French: Bast