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bast (n.)

"inner, fibrous bark of the linden tree," Old English bæst, a general Germanic word (cognate with Old Norse, Old Saxon, Middle Dutch, Old High German, German bast) of uncertain origin.

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Definitions of bast from WordNet
1
bast (n.)
strong woody fibers obtained especially from the phloem of from various plants;
Synonyms: bast fiber
bast (n.)
(botany) tissue that conducts synthesized food substances (e.g., from leaves) to parts where needed; consists primarily of sieve tubes;
Synonyms: phloem
2
Bast (n.)
cat- or lion-headed Egyptian goddess; represents life-giving power of the sun;
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