circa 1887, in the meaning defined above
Greek phellos cork + English -em (as in phloem)
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“Phellem.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phellem. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.
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