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Bast

(băst), ancient Egyptian cat goddess. At first a goddess of the home, she later became known as a goddess of war. The center of her cult was at Bubastis. Her name also appears as Ubast.

bast:

see barkbark,
outer covering of the stem of woody plants, composed of waterproof cork cells protecting a layer of food-conducting tissue—the phloem or inner bark (also called bast).
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Bast

 

plants grown for their bast fiber leaf-bearing trees, primarily lindens. Bast is used to weave baskets and other articles; it was formerly used to make lapti (bast sandals).


Bast

 

fibers of linden bark that have been separated from the other tissues by soaking the bark in water for an extended period. They are used to make matting, large bags, brushes (for whitewashing), and bindings for plants, as well as mops.

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Bast

cat-headed goddess of love and fashion. [Egyptian Myth.: Espy, 20]
See: Love

Bast

cat-headed goddess representing sun and moon. [Ancient Egyptian Rel.: Parrinder, 42]
See: Moon

Bast

cat-headed goddess representing sun and moon. [Egypt. Myth.: Parrinder, 41]
See: Sun
References in classic literature ?
Hollister, that the baste he rode was but little able to joomp from one rock to another, and the animal was as spry as a squirrel?
Nay," cried he, "the wager is none of thine, and get thee gone, straightway, or, by all the saints of heaven, I'll baste thy sides until thou wilt ne'er be able to walk again.
Nevertheless," said Robin to himself, "I will baste thy hide right merrily, my good fellow"; then, aloud, "Lo, here is my good staff, lusty and tough.
and I take particular notice of her, and run home and cut her out and baste her.