from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A mat made of bass or bast; specifically, a matting made of bast, used for packing furniture, etc., and for sugarbags in sugar-producing countries: in the latter sense, usually in the plural.
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See all my watering-pots, and pruning-scissors, my sticks, and bass-mat, and glass covers.
Over it she stretched the bass-mat, which she secured by means of forked pegs to the frame.
Pichegru's soldiers, this hard winter, in their looped and windowed destitution, in their 'straw-rope shoes and cloaks of bass-mat,' how they overrun Holland, like a demon-host, the ice having bridged all waters; and rush shouting from victory to victory!
She caused several forked stakes to be cut and sharpened and driven into the ground; on these were laid four poles, so as to form a frame, over which she then stretched the bass-mat, which she secured by means of forked pegs to the frame on the mat; she then spread out the rice thinly, and lighted a fire beneath, taking good care not to let the flame set fire to the mat, the object being rather to keep up a strong, slow heat, by means of the red embers.