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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