\ ˈbast How to pronounce bast (audio) \

Definition of bast

1 : phloem

Examples of bast in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Soaking [the fibers] in water aids in their separation and can soften and improve the quality of the bast. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 13 Apr. 2020 A few Americans took jobs opened up by the bast barriers. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, 21 Apr. 2020 But then, with 119 minutes on the clock, Grosso fired a curling effort bast Jens Lehmann to secure a late win., 3 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of bast

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bast

Middle English, going back to Old English bæst, going back to Germanic *basta- (whence also Middle Dutch, Old High German, and Old Norse bast "bast fiber"), of obscure origin

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“Bast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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