ramie

noun
ra·​mie | \ ˈrā-mē How to pronounce ramie (audio) , ˈra- How to pronounce ramie (audio) \

Definition of ramie

1 : an Asian perennial plant (Boehmeria nivea) of the nettle family
2a : the strong lustrous bast fiber of ramie capable of being spun or woven
b : fabric made of ramie often resembling linen or silk

First Known Use of ramie

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ramie

Malay rami

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“Ramie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ramie. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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