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paper mulberry

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noun
  1. 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.
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Origin of paper mulberry

First recorded in 1770–80; so called because its bark is used to make paper
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Historical Examples

  • The mode of making cloth from the bark of the paper-mulberry was curious.

    Captain Cook

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • They had been looking for the auti, or paper-mulberry, but without success.

    The Island Home

    Richard Archer

  • The finest and whitest was made from the paper-mulberry tree, and was used for the dresses of the chief people.

    Captain Cook

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • These clothes, I found, were like thick paper, and are made out of the bark of a tree called the paper-mulberry tree.

    Taking Tales

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • The cloth was made from the bark of the paper-mulberry (Morus papyrifera), which was beaten out on boards with a grooved beetle.


British Dictionary definitions for paper mulberry

paper mulberry

noun
  1. a small moraceous E Asian tree, Broussonetia papyrifera, the inner bark of which was formerly used for making paper in JapanSee also tapa
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