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sapwood

[ sap-wood ]
/ ˈsæpˌwʊd /
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noun Botany.
the softer part of the wood between the inner bark and the heartwood.

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Also called alburnum.

Origin of sapwood

First recorded in 1785–95; sap1 + wood1
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British Dictionary definitions for sapwood

sapwood
/ (ˈsæpˌwʊd) /

noun
the soft wood, just beneath the bark in tree trunks, that consists of living tissueCompare heartwood
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Scientific definitions for sapwood

sapwood
[ săpwud′ ]

The younger layers of new wood produced by the interior side of the vascular cambium within a tree trunk. Sapwood is active in the conduction of water and is usually lighter in color than heartwood.
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