[ hahrt-wood ]
/ ˈhɑrtˌwʊd /


the hard central wood of the trunk of an exogenous tree; duramen.

Origin of heartwood

First recorded in 1795–1805; heart + wood1
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British Dictionary definitions for heartwood

/ (ˈhɑːtˌwʊd) /


the central core of dark hard wood in tree trunks, consisting of nonfunctioning xylem tissue that has become blocked with resins, tannins, and oilsCompare sapwood
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Scientific definitions for heartwood

[ härtwud′ ]

The older, nonliving central wood of a tree or woody plant, usually darker and harder than the younger sapwood. Unlike the sapwood, it no longer conducts water, and its main function is the support of the tree.
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