ramie

ramie

[ram-ee, rey-mee]
noun
1.
an Asian shrub, Boehmeria nivea, of the nettle family, yielding a fiber used especially in making textiles.
2.
the fiber itself.

Origin:
1810–20; < Malay rami a kind of grass

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ramie or ramee (ˈræmɪ)
 
n
1.  a woody urticaceous shrub of Asia, Boehmeria nivea, having broad leaves and a stem that yields a flaxlike fibre
2.  the fibre from this plant, used in making fabrics, cord, etc
 
[C19: from Malay rami]
 
ramee or ramee
 
n
 
[C19: from Malay rami]

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ramie

any of several fibre-yielding plants of the genus Boehmeria, belonging to the nettle family (Urticaceae), and their fibre, one of the bast fibre (q.v.) group. Boehmeria nivea, native to China, is the species usually cultivated for fibre, although B. nivea variety tenacissima, native to Malaysia and frequently called rhea, is also a fibre source

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