phel·​lem ˈfe-ˌlem How to pronounce phellem (audio)
: a layer of usually suberized cells produced outwardly by a phellogen

Examples of phellem in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Why not a glorious shoe crafted from the phellem layer of tree-bark tissue? Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 12 May 2022

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Word History


Greek phellos cork + English -em (as in phloem)

First Known Use

circa 1887, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of phellem was circa 1887

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“Phellem.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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