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sapwood Syllabification: sap·wood
Pronunciation: /ˈsapˌwo͝od/

Definition of sapwood in English:


The soft outer layers of recently formed wood between the heartwood and the bark, containing the functioning vascular tissue.
Example sentences
  • The beetles lay their eggs in trees and the resulting larvae bore into the wood, feeding on the tree's cambium, sapwood, and heartwood and impeding the movement of water and nutrients through the tree.
  • They're a nice, knot-free heartwood, meaning that there's no outer layer of sapwood on it.
  • Redwood beauty is typified by rich cinnamon-colored heartwood, cream-colored sapwood, distinctive grain and performance that keeps projects looking good for years.

Words that rhyme with sapwood

sandalwood • basswood

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