[ bast ]
/ bæst /


Botany. phloem.
Also called bast fiber. any of several strong, woody fibers, as flax, hemp, ramie, or jute, obtained from phloem tissue and used in the manufacture of woven goods and cordage.

Nearby words

  1. basso rilievo,
  2. basso-relievo,
  3. bassoon,
  4. bassoonist,
  5. basswood,
  6. bast fiber,
  7. basta,
  8. bastard,
  9. bastard amber,
  10. bastard culverin

Origin of bast

before 900; Middle English; Old English bæst; cognate with Dutch, German, Old Norse bast; perhaps ultimately cognate with Latin fascis bundle. See bass3 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bast


/ (bæst) /


Also called: bass fibrous material obtained from the phloem of jute, hemp, flax, lime, etc, used for making rope, matting, etc
botany another name for phloem

Word Origin for bast

Old English bæst; related to Old Norse, Middle High German bast

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Word Origin and History for bast



"inner bark of the linden tree," Old English bæst, a general Germanic word (cf. Old Norse, Old Saxon, Middle Dutch, Old High German, German bast), of uncertain origin.

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