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duramen

[ doo-rey-min, dyoo- ]
/ dʊˈreɪ mɪn, dyʊ- /
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noun Botany.

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Origin of duramen

1830–40; <Latin dūrāmen hardness, hardened vine branch, equivalent to dūrā(re) to harden + -men noun suffix
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duramen
/ (djʊˈreɪmɛn) /

noun

another name for heartwood

Word Origin for duramen

C19: from Latin: hardness, from dūrāre to harden
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