[ doo-rey-min, dyoo- ]


Origin of duramen

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

Words Nearby duramen

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How to use duramen in a sentence

  • 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.

  • The duramen or heartwood is the inner, darker part of the log.

    Seasoning of Wood | Joseph B. Wagner

British Dictionary definitions for duramen


/ (djʊˈreɪmɛn) /

  1. another name for heartwood

Origin of duramen

C19: from Latin: hardness, from dūrāre to harden

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