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bast fiber   (bāst)  Pronunciation Key 
Any of various durable fibers found in the phloem of certain eudicot plants, especially flax, hemp, and jute, used in making rope and baskets.
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It is a bast fiber plant similar to flax, kenaf, and jute.
As a specialty bast fiber, hemp's closest competing textile fiber is linen.
Viscoelastic properties of kenaf bast fiber in relation to stem age.
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