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n. - The older inactive central wood of a tree or woody plant.

Usage examples (6)
  • The duramen or heartwood is the inner, darker part of the log.
  • The wood of the tree, in comparison with the bark, is relatively poor in silex, the duramen of an old tree giving only 2.5 per cent of silex.
  • It is really imperfect wood, while the duramen or heartwood is the perfect wood; the heartwood of the mature tree was the sapwood of its earlier years.
  • It lies next the bark, and after a course of years, sometimes many, as in the case of oaks, sometimes few, as in the case of firs, it becomes hardened and ultimately forms the... for more
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