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sapwood

[sap-woo d] /ˈsæpˌwʊd/
noun, Botany
1.
the softer part of the wood between the inner bark and the heartwood.
Also called alburnum.
Origin of sapwood
1785-1795
1785-95; sap1 + wood1
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Examples from the Web for sapwood
Historical Examples
  • The sapwood is darker than the heart which is an exception to the general rule.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • There is only about one-quarter inch of sapwood in a 9-inch tree.

    Seasoning of Wood Joseph B. Wagner
  • Heartwood reddish brown, sometimes white, sapwood lighter or white.

  • What flows through the "sapwood" is chiefly water brought from the soil.

    Seasoning of Wood Joseph B. Wagner
  • The sapwood in its natural color resembles the sapwood of yellow birch.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • The sapwood was in fine condition and almost as white as snow.

    Seasoning of Wood Joseph B. Wagner
  • The eye can detect no other difference between it and the surrounding band of sapwood.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • The sapwood is on the outside of timbers and is often more exposed than the heart.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • When sapwood is exposed to the air a considerable time it changes color and becomes very dark brown.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • The rejection of the sapwood by so many users is the most discouraging feature.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
British Dictionary definitions for sapwood

sapwood

/ˈsæpˌwʊd/
noun
1.
the soft wood, just beneath the bark in tree trunks, that consists of living tissue Compare heartwood
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sapwood in Science
sapwood
  (sāp'wd')   
The younger layers of new wood produced by the interior side of the vascular cambium within a tree trunk. Sapwood is active in the conduction of water and is usually lighter in color than heartwood.
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