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Variant of Bastet.
1. The phloem of a plant.
2. Bast fiber.
[Middle English, from Old English bæst.]
1. (Botany) Also called: bass fibrous material obtained from the phloem of jute, hemp, flax, lime, etc, used for making rope, matting, etc
2. (Botany) botany another name for phloem
[Old English bæst; related to Old Norse, Middle High German bast]
2. 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.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English bæst, c. Middle Dutch, Old High German, Old Norse bast]
bast- A word for an asylum, refuge, or sanctuary.
See also related terms for refuge.
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|Noun||1.||bast - strong woody fibers obtained especially from the phloem of from various plants|
|2.||bast - (botany) tissue that conducts synthesized food substances (e.g., from leaves) to parts where needed; consists primarily of sieve tubes|
vascular tissue - tissue that conducts water and nutrients through the plant body in higher plants
sieve tube - tube formed by cells joined end-to-end through which nutrients flow in flowering plants and brown algae
|3.||Bast - cat- or lion-headed Egyptian goddess; represents life-giving power of the sun|