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The less dense portion of the xylem produced during the rapid springtime growing season. It is typically lighter in color than the denser portion of the growth ring that forms more slowly during the summer.

Synonyms and Related Terms

earlywood; bois de printemps (Fr.); madera temprana, de primavera (Esp.); lenho de Primavera (Port.); legno primaticcio (It.)

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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