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softwood   (sôft'wd')  Pronunciation Key 
  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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