- a member of a continental Germanic tribe, probably from Jutland, that invaded Britain in the 5th century a.d. and settled in Kent.
- either of two Old World tropical yellow-flowered herbaceous plants, Corchorus capsularis or C. olitorius, cultivated for their strong fibre: family Tiliaceae
- this fibre, used in making sacks, rope, etc
Word Origin for jute
- a member of one of various Germanic tribes, some of whom invaded England in the 6th century ad, settling in Kent
plant fiber, 1746, from Bengali jhuto, from Sanskrit juta-s "twisted hair," related to jata "braid of hair," of unknown origin, probably from a non-Indo-European language.
Old English Eotas, one of the ancient Germanic inhabitants of Jutland in Denmark; traditionally they were said to have settled in Kent and Hampshire during the 5c. invasion of Britain. The name is related to Old Norse Iotar.