Any of various woods from fruit-bearing trees such as apple, plum, cherry, or pear. Fruitwood has been used for panel paintings, carving and cabinetmaking. These soft, yellowish woods are durable, smooth, and have a uniform grain and texture.
Synonyms and Related Terms
bois fruitier (Fr.); frutal (Esp.)
- Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
- Hermann Kuhn, Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art and Antiquities, Butterworths, London, 1986
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- The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998