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softwood

[sawft-woo d, soft-] /ˈsɔftˌwʊd, ˈsɒft-/
noun
1.
any wood that is relatively soft or easily cut.
2.
a tree yielding such a wood.
3.
Forestry. a coniferous tree or its wood.
adjective
4.
of, pertaining to, or made of softwood.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; soft + wood1
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British Dictionary definitions for soft wood

softwood

/ˈsɒftˌwʊd/
noun
1.
the open-grained wood of any of numerous coniferous trees, such as pine and cedar, as distinguished from that of a dicotyledonous tree
2.
any tree yielding this wood
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softwood
  (sôft'wd')   
  1. A coniferous tree, especially as distinguished from an angiosperm, or hardwood, tree.

  2. The wood of a coniferous tree. Softwoods are in general softer than hardwoods. However, some softwoods, such as yew, are comparatively hard, while some hardwoods, such as basswood, are comparatively soft.


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