[syn: phloem, bast]
3. cat- or lion-headed Egyptian goddess; represents life-giving power of the sun;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Bast \Bast\, n. [AS. b[ae]st; akin to Icel., Sw., Dan., D., & G.
bast, of unknown origin. Cf. Bass the tree.]
1. The inner fibrous bark of various plants; esp. of the lime
tree; hence, matting, cordage, etc., made therefrom.
2. A thick mat or hassock. See 2d Bass, 2.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: strong woody fibers obtained especially from the phloem of
from various plants [syn: bast, bast fiber]
2: (botany) tissue that conducts synthesized food substances
(e.g., from leaves) to parts where needed; consists primarily
of sieve tubes [syn: phloem, bast]
3: cat- or lion-headed Egyptian goddess; represents life-giving
power of the sun