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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

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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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