[ sawft-woo d, soft- ]
/ ˈsɔftˌwʊd, ˈsɒft- /


any wood that is relatively soft or easily cut.
a tree yielding such a wood.
Forestry. a coniferous tree or its wood.


of, relating to, or made of softwood.

Origin of softwood

First recorded in 1825–35; soft + wood1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for softwood

/ (ˈsɒftˌwʊd) /


the open-grained wood of any of numerous coniferous trees, such as pine and cedar, as distinguished from that of a dicotyledonous tree
any tree yielding this wood
Compare hardwood
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Science definitions for softwood

[ sôftwud′ ]

A coniferous tree, especially as distinguished from an angiosperm, or hardwood, tree.
The wood of a coniferous tree. Softwoods are in general softer than hardwoods. However, some softwoods, such as yew, are comparatively hard, while some hardwoods, such as basswood, are comparatively soft.
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