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[doo-rey-min, dyoo-] /dʊˈreɪ mɪn, dyʊ-/
noun, Botany.
Origin of duramen
1830-40; < Latin dūrāmen hardness, hardened vine branch, equivalent to dūrā(re) to harden + -men noun suffix Unabridged
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  • The duramen or heartwood is the inner, darker part of the log.

    Seasoning of Wood Joseph B. Wagner
  • Save for colour they might have been congealed water or duramen muscles.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • duramen, the name given by botanists to the central wood or heart-wood in a tree trunk.

British Dictionary definitions for duramen


another name for heartwood
Word Origin
C19: from Latin: hardness, from dūrāre to harden
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