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ramie

[ram-ee, rey-mee] /ˈræm i, ˈreɪ mi/
noun
1.
an Asian shrub, Boehmeria nivea, of the nettle family, yielding a fiber used especially in making textiles.
2.
the fiber itself.
Origin of ramie
1810-1820
First recorded in 1810-20, ramie is from the Malay word rami a kind of grass
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ramie

/ˈræmɪ/
noun
1.
a woody urticaceous shrub of Asia, Boehmeria nivea, having broad leaves and a stem that yields a flaxlike fibre
2.
the fibre from this plant, used in making fabrics, cord, etc
Word Origin
C19: from Malay rami
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