heart-wood

heartwood

[hahrt-wood]
noun
the hard central wood of the trunk of an exogenous tree; duramen.

Origin:
1795–1805; heart + wood1

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heartwood (ˈhɑːtˌwʊd)
 
n
Compare sapwood the central core of dark hard wood in tree trunks, consisting of nonfunctioning xylem tissue that has become blocked with resins, tannins, and oils

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heartwood   (härt'wd')  Pronunciation Key 
The older, nonliving central wood of a tree or woody plant, usually darker and harder than the younger sapwood. Unlike the sapwood, it no longer conducts water, and its main function is the support of the tree.
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