Definition of softwood in English:

softwood

Syllabification: soft·wood
Pronunciation: /ˈsôf(t)wo͝od
 
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noun

1The wood from a conifer (such as pine, fir, or spruce) as distinguished from that of broadleaved trees.
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  • The two basic categories of wood used most often in woodworking projects are hardwood and softwood.
  • It's not the best place to look for sawlogs, so we're trying to send the processor in first to make sawlogs where they can from both hardwood and softwood.
  • All types of lumber, both hardwood and softwood, are sorted by quality during the milling process.
1.1A tree producing softwood.
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  • In the areas where, as a result of selecting other more valuable softwoods, fir was encouraged to increase, all practicable efforts should be made to reduce the amount of fir.
  • PCP was widely used in the timber industry for years as a cheap treatment for sapstain, a fungal infection commonly found in softwoods such as pine.
  • Plantations of introduced softwoods, particularly Radiata Pine, were established, often on abandoned agricultural land.
2(In gardening) young pliable growth on shrubs and other plants from which cuttings can be taken.
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  • Unlike softwood cuttings of deciduous plants, where you only take tip cuttings from the ends of the branches, that rule does not apply to hardwood cuttings of deciduous plants.
  • Or you can root 4-to 6-inch softwood cuttings taken in summer and fall.
  • While blueberries are propagated commercially by tissue culture, they can be propagated by hardwood or softwood cuttings.

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