annual ring


Definition of annual ring

: the layer of wood produced by a single year's growth of a woody plant

Examples of annual ring in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Under ideal conditions, trees grow quickly, leaving wide annual rings behind. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "How are tree rings used to help date an archaeological site?," 8 July 2019 Tree rings are particularly diligent record-keepers, recording rainfall in their annual rings; ice cores can keep exquisitely detailed accounts of seasonal conditions going back nearly a million years. Rachel E. Gross, Smithsonian, "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Earth’s Past Climates," 16 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of annual ring

1681, in the meaning defined above

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“Annual ring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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: the layer of wood produced by one year's growth of a woody plant (as in the trunk of a tree)

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