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bast

Noun

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

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English

Etymology

Old English bæst, from Germanic *basta-. Cognate with Dutch bast, German Bast, Swedish bast.

Pronunciation

/bæst/

Noun

bast
  1. fibre made from the phloem of certain plants and used for matting and cord.

Quotations

  • 1919, Ronald Firbank, Valmouth, 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.

Dutch

Pronunciation

Noun

bast
  1. bark (trees)
  2. (metaphor) skin, hide

Synonyms

Verb

present imperfect and imperative forms of bassen

References

Extensive Definition

Bast may refer to:
bast in German: Bast
bast in French: Bast
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