|1.||Also called: bass fibrous material obtained from the phloem of jute, hemp, flax, lime, etc, used for making rope, matting, etc|
|2.||botany another name for phloem|
|[Old English bæst; related to Old Norse, Middle High German bast]|
|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.