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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

Sources Checked for Data in Record

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