From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bast \Bast\, n. [AS. b[ae]st; akin to Icel., Sw., Dan., D., & G.
   bast, of unknown origin. Cf. Bass the tree.]
   1. The inner fibrous bark of various plants; esp. of the lime
      tree; hence, matting, cordage, etc., made therefrom.
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   2. A thick mat or hassock. See 2d Bass, 2.
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