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 for dietary fiber
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Fiber \Fi"ber\, Fibre \Fi"bre\,, n. [F. fibre, L. fibra.]
     1. One of the delicate, threadlike portions of which the
        tissues of plants and animals are in part constituted; as,
        the fiber of flax or of muscle.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Any fine, slender thread, or threadlike substance; as, a
        fiber of spun glass; especially, one of the slender
        rootlets of a plant. [WordNet sense 1]
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. the inherent complex of attributes that determine a
        person's moral and ethical actions and reactions; sinew;
        strength; toughness; as, a man of real fiber. [WordNet
        sense 2]
  
     Syn: character, fibre.
          [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]
  
                Yet had no fibers in him, nor no force. --Chapman.
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     4. A general name for the raw material, such as cotton, flax,
        hemp, etc., used in textile manufactures.
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     5. (Nutrition) that portion of food composed of carbohydrates
        which are completely or partly indigestible, such as
        cellulose or pectin; it may be in an insoluble or a
        soluble form. It provides bulk to the solid waste and
        stimulates peristalsis in the intestine. It is found
        especially in grains, fruits, and vegetables. There is
        some medical evidence which indicates that diets high in
        fiber reduce the risk of colon cancer and reduce
        cholesterol levels in the blood. It is also called
        dietary fiber, roughage, or bulk.
        [PJC]
  
     6. a leatherlike material made by compressing layers of paper
        or cloth. [WordNet sense 3]
  
     Syn: fibre, vulcanized fiber.
          [WordNet 1.5]
  
     Fiber gun, a kind of steam gun for converting, wood, straw,
        etc., into fiber. The material is shut up in the gun with
        steam, air, or gas at a very high pressure which is
        afterward relieved suddenly by letting a lid at the muzzle
        fly open, when the rapid expansion separates the fibers.
        
  
     Fiber plants (Bot.), plants capable of yielding fiber
        useful in the arts, as hemp, flax, ramie, agave, etc.

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