from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. sapwood; the thin white layer between the bark and wood of a tree

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The white and softer part of wood, between the inner bark and the hard wood or duramen; sapwood.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The lighter-colored and softer part of the wood of exogenous plants, between the inner bark and the heart-wood.


From Latin alburnum, from albus ("white"). (Wiktionary)



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  • Compare laburnum.

    July 19, 2009

  • the sapwood (newer, softer wood between the heartwood and the bark)
    from Thoreau's A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers

    July 19, 2009