ra·​mie ˈrā-mē How to pronounce ramie (audio) ˈra- How to pronounce ramie (audio)
: an Asian perennial plant (Boehmeria nivea) of the nettle family
: the strong lustrous bast fiber of ramie capable of being spun or woven
: fabric made of ramie often resembling linen or silk

Examples of ramie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So-young was welcoming and voluble in a tunic and loose pants of traditional ramie, dyed violet and black. E. Tammy Kim, The New Yorker, 13 Jan. 2023 The classic semiformal hanbok worn today, made from fine silk and ramie in an array of colors, is largely derived from styles worn by royalty and upper classes in the late Joseon era. New York Times, 9 Apr. 2022

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Word History


Malay rami

First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ramie was in 1817

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“Ramie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ramie. Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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