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jute

[joot] /dʒut/
noun
1.
a strong, coarse fiber used for making burlap, gunny, cordage, etc., obtained from two East Indian plants, Corchorus capsularis and C. olitorius, of the linden family.
2.
either of these plants.
3.
any plant of the same genus.
Origin of jute
1740-1750
First recorded in 1740-50, jute is from the Bengali word jhuṭo
Related forms
jutelike, adjective

Jute

[joot] /dʒut/
noun
1.
a member of a continental Germanic tribe, probably from Jutland, that invaded Britain in the 5th century a.d. and settled in Kent.
Related forms
Jutish, adjective
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  • The place of jute was taken by paper, and from paper under-garments were made.

    England and Germany Emile Joseph Dillon
  • It was in the dock in Dundee, where we had brought a full cargo of jute from Calcutta.

    The Mirror of the Sea Joseph Conrad
  • Select a piece of jute, or stout cord the length of the desired rope.

    Spool Knitting

    Mary A. McCormack
  • In the winter these animals are taken for a daily walk wearing their winter coats of jute!

    Denmark

    M. Pearson Thomson
  • jute is purchased from India and manufactured into burlap and rugs.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway
British Dictionary definitions for jute

jute

/dʒuːt/
noun
1.
either of two Old World tropical yellow-flowered herbaceous plants, Corchorus capsularis or C. olitorius, cultivated for their strong fibre: family Tiliaceae
2.
this fibre, used in making sacks, rope, etc
Word Origin
C18: from Bengali jhuto, from Sanskrit jūta braid of hair, matted hair

Jute

/dʒuːt/
noun
1.
a member of one of various Germanic tribes, some of whom invaded England in the 6th century ad, settling in Kent
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Word Origin and History for jute
n.

plant fiber, 1746, from Bengali jhuto, from Sanskrit juta-s "twisted hair," related to jata "braid of hair," of unknown origin, probably from a non-Indo-European language.

Jute

Old English Eotas, one of the ancient Germanic inhabitants of Jutland in Denmark; traditionally they were said to have settled in Kent and Hampshire during the 5c. invasion of Britain. The name is related to Old Norse Iotar.

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