ramie

[ ram-ee, rey-mee ]
/ ˈræm i, ˈreɪ mi /

noun

an Asian shrub, Boehmeria nivea, of the nettle family, yielding a fiber used especially in making textiles.
the fiber itself.

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Origin of ramie

First recorded in 1810–20, ramie is from the Malay word rami a kind of grass
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ramie

ramee

/ (ˈræmɪ) /

noun

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

Word Origin for ramie

C19: from Malay rami
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