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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Botany See cork.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (botany) outer tissue of bark; a protective layer of dead cells

Etymologies

German : Greek phellos, cork; + -em (as in Phloëm, phloem; see phloem).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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