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The wood obtained from the hard central core of a tree. Heartwood is denser and more resistant to decay than sapwood. Heartwood is also darker and more acidic.
Synonyms and Related Terms
duramen (Fr.); cerne (Port.); durame (It.); clear of sap
Resources and Citations
- Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
- Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
- Pam Hatchfield, Pollutants in the Museum Environment, Archetype Press, London, 2002
- Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
- Encyclopedia Britannica, http://www.britannica.com Comment: "heartwood." Accessed 2 Dec. 2004 .
- AMOL reCollections Glossary - http://amol.org.au/recollections/7/h/htm