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[plahy-woo d] /ˈplaɪˌwʊd/
a material used for various building purposes, consisting usually of an odd number of veneers glued over each other, usually at right angles.
Origin of plywood
1905-10; ply2 + wood1 Unabridged
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  • White-hulled, blue-decked, as sleek as a torpedo the nineteen-foot vessel is strapped to a plywood rickshaw.
  • Housing is usually in shacks made of wood, plywood and cardboard, or in trailers.
  • Ginny is at the other window, and she peers through a knothole in the plywood.
  • Formaldehyde is toxic, but still widely used to make glues-particularly for the adhesives that hold together plywood.
  • Fir plywood gives this home a warm look for less than standard wood paneling.
  • The orderly kitchen cabinets, made of maple-veneered plywood, act as a visual anchor for the red plastered walls.
  • Or adapt a prefabricated picture frame by screwing it to a fabric-covered plywood panel.
  • In the kitchen, the pair used plywood for their cabinets-another simple, cost-saving decision.
  • See-through shelving made from high-grade plywood defines a shower area without walling it off.
  • To make a board, trim a thin piece of plywood to fit on top of the hive.
British Dictionary definitions for plywood


a structural board consisting of an odd number of thin layers of wood glued together under pressure, with the grain of one layer at right angles to the grain of the adjoining layer
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Word Origin and History for plywood

1907, from ply (n.) + wood (n.). So called because the layers are arranged so that the grain of one runs at right angles to that of the next.

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