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[spring-woo d] /ˈsprɪŋˌwʊd/
the part of an annual ring of wood, characterized by large, thin-walled cells, formed during the first part of the growing season.
Also called early wood.
Compare summerwood.
Origin of springwood
1515-25; spring + wood1 Unabridged
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  • The rings are distinct and there is an abrupt transition from springwood to summerwood.
  • The springwood pores are large and are completely occluded with tyloses in the heartwood.
  • Large pores are found in the springwood and rays of wood radiate from the pith.
  • Summerwood is distinctly narrower, darker, and harder than springwood.
British Dictionary definitions for springwood


the wood that is produced by a plant in the spring and early summer and consists of large thin-walled xylem cells Compare summerwood
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