cross–date

verb

Definition of cross–date

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to show by close similarity of spacing, cell structure, and related criteria that certain of the annual rings of two or more different trees or pieces of wood were produced in the same year

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to establish (trees or pieces of wood) as cross-dating with each other — compare dendrochronology

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