a strong, coarse fiber used for making burlap, gunny, cordage, etc., obtained from two East Indian plants, Corchorus capsularis and C. olitorius, of the linden family.
either of these plants.
any plant of the same genus.

1740–50; < Bengali jhuṭo

jutelike, adjective
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a member of a continental Germanic tribe, probably from Jutland, that invaded Britain in the 5th century a.d. and settled in Kent.

Jutish, adjective
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jute (dʒuːt)
1.  either of two Old World tropical yellow-flowered herbaceous plants, Corchorus capsularis or C. olitorius, cultivated for their strong fibre: family Tiliaceae
2.  this fibre, used in making sacks, rope, etc
[C18: from Bengali jhuto, from Sanskrit jūta braid of hair, matted hair]

Jute (dʒuːt)
a member of one of various Germanic tribes, some of whom invaded England in the 6th century ad, settling in Kent

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plant fiber, 1746, from Bengali jhuto, from Skt. juta-s "twisted hair," related to jata "braid of hair," of unknown origin, probably from a non-I.E. language.

O.E. Eotas, one of the ancient Gmc. inhabitants of Jutland in Denmark; traditionally, during the 5c. invasion of England, they were said to have settled in Kent and Hampshire. The name is related to O.N. Iotar.
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member of a Germanic people who, with the Angles and Saxons, invaded Britain in the 5th century AD. The Jutes have no recorded history on the European continent, but there is considerable evidence that their home was in the Scandinavian area (probably Jutland) and that those who did not migrate were later absorbed by the Danes. According to the Venerable Bede, the Jutes settled in Kent, the Isle of Wight, and parts of Hampshire. In Kent their name soon died out, but there is considerable evidence in the social structure of that area that its settlers were of a different race from their neighbours. There is archaeological evidence to confirm Bede's statement that the Isle of Wight and Kent were settled by the same people, and their presence in Hampshire is confirmed by place-names.

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