the softer part of the wood between the inner bark and the heartwood.
Origin of sapwood
First recorded in 1785–95; sap1
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Historical Examples of sapwood
What flows through the "sapwood" is chiefly water brought from the soil.
There is only about one-quarter inch of sapwood in a 9-inch tree.
The sapwood was in fine condition and almost as white as snow.
The sapwood is lighter in color than the heart, and decays more quickly.
The heartwood is darker than in most oaks, and the sapwood is brown.
British Dictionary definitions for sapwood
the soft wood, just beneath the bark in tree trunks, that consists of living tissueCompare heartwood
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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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