: phloem

Examples of bast in a Sentence

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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of bast was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Bast.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a strong woody fiber obtained chiefly from the phloem of plants and used especially in fabrics and ropes or cords

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