ramie

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

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

Nearby words

  1. ramentum,
  2. ramequin,
  3. rameses,
  4. ramet,
  5. rami,
  6. ramification,
  7. ramiform,
  8. ramify,
  9. ramillies,
  10. ramisection

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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