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paper mulberry

a mulberry tree, Broussonetia papyrifera, of eastern Asia, having alternate leaves that vary in size, round catkins, and orange-red fruit, grown widely as a shade tree.
Origin of paper mulberry
1770-80; so called because its bark is used to make paper Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • These clothes, I found, were like thick paper, and are made out of the bark of a tree called the paper-mulberry tree.

    Taking Tales W.H.G. Kingston
  • The finest and whitest was made from the paper-mulberry tree, and was used for the dresses of the chief people.

    Captain Cook W.H.G. Kingston
  • They had been looking for the auti, or paper-mulberry, but without success.

    The Island Home Richard Archer
  • The cloth was made from the bark of the paper-mulberry (Morus papyrifera), which was beaten out on boards with a grooved beetle.

  • Bark-cloth was made in the usual way from the bark of the paper-mulberry, which was beaten out with grooved mallets.

  • The greatest novelty was the manufacture of the native cloth, or Tapa, formed out of the bark of the paper-mulberry tree.

    The Cruise of the Dainty William H. G. Kingston
  • The mode of making cloth from the bark of the paper-mulberry was curious.

    Captain Cook W.H.G. Kingston
  • The dress of the natives was formed from cloth made of the bark of the paper-mulberry tree.

    Captain Cook W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for paper-mulberry

paper mulberry

a small moraceous E Asian tree, Broussonetia papyrifera, the inner bark of which was formerly used for making paper in Japan See also tapa
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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