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MFA# 17.1757


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.)

Resources and Citations

  • 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
  • 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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