softwood


1soft·wood

noun \ˈsft-ˌwd\

: the wood of a tree (such as a pine tree) that is soft and easy to cut

: a tree that produces softwood

Full Definition of SOFTWOOD

1
:  the wood of a coniferous tree (as a fir or pine) whether hard or soft as distinguished from that of an angiospermous tree
2
:  a tree that yields softwood

Examples of SOFTWOOD

  1. pines, firs, and other softwoods

First Known Use of SOFTWOOD

1809

2softwood

adjective

Definition of SOFTWOOD

:  having or made of softwood

First Known Use of SOFTWOOD

1855

softwood

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Timber obtained from coniferous trees (mainly of the pine and fir families). With the exception of bald cypress, tamarack, and larch, softwood trees are evergreens. Softwood is mostly obtained from the Baltic, Scandinavia, and North America and is the source of about 80% of the world's production of timber. The term sometimes imprecisely means all soft and hard woods used as construction wood in temperate regions. Softwoods of longleaf pine, Douglas fir, and yew are much harder in the mechanical sense than several hardwoods.

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