[ sap-wood ]

  1. the softer part of the wood between the inner bark and the heartwood.

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Origin of sapwood

First recorded in 1785–95; sap1 + wood1

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British Dictionary definitions for sapwood


/ (ˈsæpˌwʊd) /

  1. the soft wood, just beneath the bark in tree trunks, that consists of living tissue: Compare heartwood

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Scientific definitions for sapwood


[ săpwud′ ]

  1. 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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