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

Synonyms and Related Terms

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

Resources and Citations

  • Mary-Lou Florian, Dale Paul Kronkright, Ruth E. Norton, The Conservation of Artifacts Made from Plant Materials, The Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles, 1990
  • 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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