- 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
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Examples from the Web for paper mulberry
The mode of making cloth from the bark of the paper-mulberry was curious.
They had been looking for the auti, or paper-mulberry, but without success.The Island Home
The finest and whitest was made from the paper-mulberry tree, and was used for the dresses of the chief people.
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
The cloth was made from the bark of the paper-mulberry (Morus papyrifera), which was beaten out on boards with a grooved beetle.The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead
James George Frazer
- 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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