Origin of bast
before 900; Middle English; Old English bæst; cognate with Dutch, German, Old Norse bast; perhaps ultimately cognate with Latin fascis bundle. See bass3
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Examples from the Web for bast
Bast, it turns out, runs a bit of a side business involving favors for children done in exchange for secrets.
His entry takes the reader through a day of mischief with Bast, the somewhat mysterious creature from the Chronicles series.
Bast himself spent roughly $350,000 preparing for the end, but it does not have to be so expensive.
“2012 is a great excuse to prepare for the worst,” Bast says.
Bast says that what we see as the end begins will depend on what form the end takes.
"I don't call that fair," said Mr. Bast, going scarlet and handsome.
Money: give Mr. Bast money, and don't bother about his ideals.
Next day, just as they were dressed to go out to dinner, a Mr. Bast called.
She heard no sound, and Mr. Bast's topper was missing from the hall.
Now that the first shock was over, she saw that there was every reason to premise a Mrs. Bast.
- Also called: bass fibrous material obtained from the phloem of jute, hemp, flax, lime, etc, used for making rope, matting, etc
- botany another name for phloem
Old English bæst; related to Old Norse, Middle High German bast
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Word Origin and History for bast
"inner bark of the linden tree," Old English bæst, a general Germanic word (cf. Old Norse, Old Saxon, Middle Dutch, Old High German, German bast), of uncertain origin.
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