- an Asian shrub, Boehmeria nivea, of the nettle family, yielding a fiber used especially in making textiles.
- the fiber itself.
Origin of ramie
First recorded in 1810–20, ramie is from the Malay word rami a kind of grass
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Examples from the Web for ramie
Ramie or China grass is a soft, silky, and extremely strong fiber.Textiles</p>
William H. Dooley
There was plenty of the ramie cloth at hand, but it was quite yellow.The Wonder Island Boys: Exploring the Island</p>
Roger Thompson Finlay
The next in importance to linen is ramie or rhea, and China grass.
China grass comes from a different plant but is about the same as ramie.
Ginghams are also woven of silk and cotton mixed or of silk and ramie.
- a woody urticaceous shrub of Asia, Boehmeria nivea, having broad leaves and a stem that yields a flaxlike fibre
- the fibre from this plant, used in making fabrics, cord, etc
C19: from Malay rami
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