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paper mulberry

a mulberry tree, Broussonetia papyrifera, of eastern Asia, having alternate leaves that vary in size, round catkins, and orange-red fruit, grown widely as a shade tree.
Origin of paper mulberry
First recorded in 1770-80; so called because its bark is used to make paper Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The paper mulberry (Broussonetia papyrifera) has the male and female flowers on different plants.

    Botany for Ladies Jane Loudon
  • The native cloth (masi) is beaten out from the bark of the paper mulberry cultivated for the purpose.

  • The most interesting part of the paper mulberry is its bark, which is used in the manufacture of paper both in China and Japan.

    The Boy Hunters Captain Mayne Reid
  • Tapa, a sort of papery cloth, is made from the bark of the paper mulberry.

  • The paper mulberry is also a well-known fibre; while a third species particularly valuable for thin papers is the Gampi.

    The Manufacture of Paper Robert Walter Sindall
  • The house at the end of the lane could be glimpsed through its grove of locusts, paper mulberry and towering ailanthus.

    The Stronghold Miriam Haynie
  • The paper mulberry is so called because in China and Japan--of which it is a native--its bark is manufactured into paper.

    Among the Trees at Elmridge Ella Rodman Church
British Dictionary definitions for paper mulberry

paper mulberry

a small moraceous E Asian tree, Broussonetia papyrifera, the inner bark of which was formerly used for making paper in Japan See also tapa
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