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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Either of two Asian plants (Corchorus capsularis or C. olitorius) yielding a fiber used for sacking and cordage.
  • n. The fiber obtained from these plants.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The coarse, strong fiber of the East Indian plant, Corchorus olitorius, used to make mats, paper, gunny cloth etc.
  • n. The plants from which this fibre is obtained.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The coarse, strong fiber of the East Indian Corchorus olitorius, and Corchorus capsularis; also, the plant itself. The fiber is much used for making mats, gunny cloth, cordage, hangings, paper, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of a Low German tribe originally inhabiting Jutland, Denmark, which, with the Saxons and Angles, invaded Great Britain in the fifth century. See Anglo-Saxon.
  • n. A plant of the fiber-producing genus Corchorus, natural order Tiliaceæ; chiefly, one of the two species C.capsularis and C.olitorius, which alone furnish the jute-fiber of commerce.
  • n. The fiber of this plant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a plant fiber used in making rope or sacks
  • n. a member of a Germanic people who conquered England and merged with the Angles and Saxons to become Anglo-Saxons

Etymologies

Bengali jhuṭo, from Sanskrit jūṭaḥ, twisted hair, probably of Dravidian origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Bengali, from Sanskrit. (Wiktionary)

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