American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A tropical Asian perennial herb (Boehmeria nivea) having broad leaves and densely branched panicles of small, unisexual, apetalous flowers.
- n. The flaxlike fiber from the stem of this plant, used in making fabrics and cordage.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant, the so-called China grass, Bœhmeria ni-vea, or its fiber. The plant is a perennial shrub with herbaceous shoots, native in the Malay islands, China, and Japan. It has long been cultivated in parts of the East Indies to supply fiber for fish-nets and cloths, and in China and Japan textiles of great beauty are made from this material. (See
grass-cloth.) In length, thickness, and woodiness the stems most nearly resemble hemp. The fiber is unsurpassed in strength, is in an exceptional degree unaffected by moisture, in fineness rivals flax, and has a silky luster shared only by jute. The plant can be grown in any moderate climate—in the southern United States and as far north as New Jersey, as demonstrated by experiment. Also called cambric-grass, silk-grass, and ramie-hemp; in India, rhea. See cut under Bœhmeria.
- n. a tall, tropical Asian perennial herb, Boehmeria nivea, cultivated for its fibrous stems
- n. the fibre extracted from this plant, resembling flax
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) The grasscloth plant (Bœhmeria nivea); also, its fiber, which is very fine and exceedingly strong; -- called also
China grass, and rhea. See Grass-cloth plant, under grass.
- n. tall perennial herb of tropical Asia with dark green leaves; cultivated for the fiber from its woody stems that resembles flax
- From Malay rami. (Wiktionary)
- Malay rami. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Designed for babies with eczema and sensitive skin, Natural Seat Topper features an earth-friendly fabric, ramie, which is a premium natural fiber known for its absorbency, breathability, and durability.”
“ramie" is but a variety (_tenacissima_) of _Boehmeria nivea_.”
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“I also found a batwing jacket of Guatemalan striped fabric, and a black ramie patch-pocket single-button blazer (circa 1987) that I feel required by law to keep, in case I ever want to dress up as Rico Tubbs.”
“One refers to huangrun xibu, which was recorded in ancient documents; the other argues that it was made of ramie/China grass (zhuma).”
“Additionally, ramie fabric naturally offers resistance to bacteria and stains.”
“They plan to offer other base fabrics in the future including hemp, wool, ramie, and rayon.”
“Some purple toned merino and silk Rainbow tops, a small pack of ramie nettle fibre to try and some absolutely fabulous yak and silk tops.”
“Loolo scarves are made from organic wool, ramie (in the linen family), viscose and zero impact dyes and cost between $150-250.”
“Designed by Joanna Notkin of Canadian company Looolo, the soft and snuggly accessories are made from Organic wool, ramie (in the linen family), viscose and zero impact dyes.”
“Our friend has been making them for me in silk, the lightest weight tropical wool coolest for the tropics, and linen and blends of cotton, silk, linen, ramie.”
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