Definitions

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a tall, tropical Asian perennial herb, Boehmeria nivea, cultivated for its fibrous stems
  • n. the fibre extracted from this plant, resembling flax

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plant, the so-called China grass, Bœhmeria ni-vea, or its fiber.

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

  • n. tall perennial herb of tropical Asia with dark green leaves; cultivated for the fiber from its woody stems that resembles flax

Etymologies

Malay rami.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Malay rami. (Wiktionary)

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