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[kawrk-woo d]
  1. a stout shrub or small tree, Leitneria floridana, having light green deciduous leaves, woolly catkins, and a drupaceous fruit.
  2. any of certain trees and shrubs yielding a light and porous wood, as the balsa.
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Origin of corkwood

First recorded in 1750–60; cork + wood1
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Examples from the Web for corkwood

Historical Examples of corkwood

  • The first operation, that is, the first thing done with the corkwood, is the sorting.

    Cork: Its Origin and Industrial Uses

    Gilbert E. Stecher

  • Appended is a diagram that will give some idea of the utilization of corkwood.

  • Certain other Florida plants accompanied it, one of which was corkwood (Leitneria floridana).

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson

  • Among the different varieties of trees are corkwood, sandal, myrtle, and pimento.

  • The results of these tests indicate that there is no essential oil in corkwood obtainable by steam distillation.

British Dictionary definitions for corkwood


  1. a small tree, Leitneria floridana, of the southeastern US, having very lightweight porous wood: family Leitneriaceae
  2. any other tree with light porous wood
  3. the wood of any of these trees
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