compression wood

noun

Definition of compression wood

: reaction wood formed on the lower sides of branches and leaning trunks and characterized by darker color, glassy appearance, relatively wide and eccentric annual rings, shorter vascular elements, and excessive and uneven shrinkage — compare tension wood

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“Compression wood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/compression%20wood. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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