Definition of growth ring in English:

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growth ring

Pronunciation: /ˈɡrōTH ˌriNG/


A concentric layer of wood, shell, or bone developed during an annual or other regular period of growth.
Example sentences
  • Also known as tree-ring dating, the method is based on the fact that living trees add an annual growth ring to their trunk and branches.
  • Its real record is written into the slowly changing landscape in which our daily life takes place; we can read this evolution in the built environment like a growth ring in a tree trunk.
  • The bone, called an otolith, acquires a growth ring every day for at least the first six months of the fish's life.

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Syllabification: growth ring

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