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summerwood

[suhm-er-woo d]
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noun
  1. the part of an annual ring of wood, characterized by compact, thick-walled cells, formed during the later part of the growing season.
Compare springwood.

Origin of summerwood

First recorded in 1900–05; summer1 + wood1
Also called late wood.
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Historical Examples

  • The summerwood forms a narrow, dark band in the annual ring.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson

  • The summerwood is so narrow that it resembles a fine, black line.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson

  • The contrast between the springwood and summerwood is not strong.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson

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

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson

  • There is no distinct division between spring and summerwood.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson


British Dictionary definitions for summerwood

summerwood

noun
  1. the wood that is produced by a plant near the end of the growing season: consists of small thick-walled xylem cellsCompare springwood
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