And an old Dutch word is "lover" (pronounced like 'loaver') or "lovre", which was the plural of 'loof'.
IPA: /li.bɛʁ/, X-SAMPA: /li.bER/
liber m (plural libers)
bast (of a tree) [inner bark of trees from which ropes were made]
Probably from an older form *luber and cognate to Old Church Slavonic лѹбъ (lubŭ, "bark of a tree") and Lithuanian lùpti ("to peel, to shell")
The bark/bast thing is also in the Dutch etymology site (see: "loof/lover")
How to Make Birch Bark Paper
Chinese paper was made from the layer of bast found under the bark of the mulberry tree, as well as rags and other waste.
In the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220), a court official named Cai Lun made a new kind of paper from bark, hemp, rags, fishnet, wheat stalks and other materials. It was relatively cheap, light, thin, durable and more suitable for brush writing.
In India, the birch (Sanskrit: भुर्ज, bhurj) holds great historical significance in the culture of North India, where the thin bark coming off in winter was extensively used as writing paper. Birch paper (Sanskrit: भुर्ज पत्र, bhurj pətrə) is exceptionally durable and was the material used for many ancient Indian texts.This bark also has been used widely in ancient Russia as note paper (beresta) and for decorative purposes and even making footwear.
A birch bark inscription excavated from Novgorod, circa 1240–1260
Edited by Abramelin, 07 November 2012 - 12:29 PM.