paper mulberry

  1. 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

Words Nearby paper mulberry Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use paper mulberry in a sentence

  • They were all more or less clothed in well-made cloth manufactured from the paper mulberry-tree, and ingeniously painted.

    Notable Voyagers | W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
  • The paper mulberry is also a well-known fibre; while a third species particularly valuable for thin papers is the Gampi.

    The Manufacture of Paper | Robert Walter Sindall
  • The house at the end of the lane could be glimpsed through its grove of locusts, paper mulberry and towering ailanthus.

    The Stronghold | Miriam Haynie
  • The dress of the natives was formed from cloth made of the bark of the paper-mulberry tree.

    Captain Cook | W.H.G. Kingston
  • The greatest novelty was the manufacture of the native cloth, or Tapa, formed out of the bark of the paper-mulberry tree.

    The Cruise of the Dainty | William H. G. Kingston

British Dictionary definitions for paper mulberry

paper mulberry

  1. a small moraceous E Asian tree, Broussonetia papyrifera, the inner bark of which was formerly used for making paper in Japan: See also tapa

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