powerful, ropey, distressed, sinewy, hempen, unchewable, hefty, brushed, cellular, hairy, woody, colorfast, tendinous, coarse, creased, tough, tissued, ropy, crisp, filmy, pulpy, stalky, veined, diaphanous, brawny, breathable, muscular
fibrous (part of speech: adjective)
- The ground of this lower chamber was entirely covered with a thin brown earth of a fibrous nature, in appearance somewhat resembling snuff; it was a foot in depth, and evidently the remains of the drapery which had been hung around the walls. - "Southern Arabia", Theodore Bent Mabel Bent.
- The soil is bared of its covering of leaves, broken and loosened by the plough, deprived of the fibrous rootlets which held it together, dried and pulverized by sun and wind, and at last exhausted by new combinations. - "The Earth as Modified by Human Action", George P. Marsh.
- There are now special kinds made for the purposes of the bookbinder; these are lightly twisted out of a long fibrous material so that afterwards they can be easily undone for the subsequent necessary scraping out. - "Practical Bookbinding", Paul Adam.