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springwood

[spring-woo d] /ˈsprɪŋˌwʊd/
noun
1.
the part of an annual ring of wood, characterized by large, thin-walled cells, formed during the first part of the growing season.
Also called early wood.
Compare summerwood.
Origin of springwood
1515-1525
First recorded in 1515-25; spring + wood1
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  • The contrast between the springwood and summerwood is not strong.

    American Forest Trees

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  • Sometimes, and with certain species, the springwood is much broader than the other.

    American Forest Trees

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  • The springwood is filled with large pores, the summerwood with smaller ones.

    American Forest Trees

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  • There are many pores, however, and those in the springwood are arranged in bands.

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  • It is porous, but the pores are small, except one or two rows in the springwood.

    American Forest Trees

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  • The genesis of Raspberry Plain, just north of springwood, has already been given.

    Legends of Loudoun Harrison Williams
  • The inside of the ring—that portion nearest the heart of the tree—is the springwood, the rest of the ring is the summerwood.

    American Forest Trees

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  • It builds up the annual ring, first the springwood very rapidly, and then the summerwood more slowly.

    American Forest Trees

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  • A given bulk of it contains more actual wood substance and less air and water than the springwood.

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  • The annual rings are variable in width, and the proportionate amounts of springwood and summerwood also vary.

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British Dictionary definitions for springwood

springwood

/ˈsprɪŋˌwʊd/
noun
1.
the wood that is produced by a plant in the spring and early summer and consists of large thin-walled xylem cells Compare summerwood
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