from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Discoloration of the sap-wood of a tree.
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Apart from cold sensitivity, the handicaps seem to be only the brittleness of branches, which may be snapped off by strong gusts of wind; the perishability of exposed wood; and the discoloration of the timber by the sap-stain fungi to which it is prone because of its high moisture content.
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