pulp·​wood ˈpəlp-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce pulpwood (audio)
: a wood (as of aspen, hemlock, pine, or spruce) used in making pulp for paper

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Massive swaths of tropical rainforest in Indonesia were slash-and-burned for industrial plantation and pulpwood, resulting in an impenetrable haze that cloaked the peninsula and the surrounding Southeast Asian countries for months. Rebecca Kreston, Discover Magazine, 30 Apr. 2013 These days, the Jordans grow a lot of pine, sending much of the pulpwood to the I.P. mill in Rome. Matthew Shaer, New York Times, 28 Nov. 2022 Saw logs are found by the river systems, but most of the cutting is done for pulpwood. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 4 June 2022 Even though the rate of rainforest destruction has slowed, environmentalists worry that the demand for pulpwood, which is harvested for the production of paper and viscose, will fuel the clearing of more forestland. NBC News, 11 Dec. 2021 The vast majority was fueled by palm oil and other agriculture such as coffee, but pulpwood plantations have also replaced large sections of rainforest. NBC News, 11 Dec. 2021 The order limits the movement of ash trees for planting and ash tree products such as logs, pulpwood, lumber and firewood from areas that are considered likely to harbor the pest. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 7 Sep. 2021 But after subtracting logging and trucking costs, Mr. McDaniel estimates that low pulpwood prices would have left him with just $3 a ton. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, 20 Apr. 2021 Worldwide, paper recycling already shrinks demand for pulpwood from forests and plantations by 484 million metric tons (MMT) annually. Eric Toensmeier, Scientific American, 1 Aug. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pulpwood was in 1885

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“Pulpwood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pulpwood. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

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pulp·​wood ˈpəlp-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce pulpwood (audio)
: wood (as of aspen, hemlock, pine, or spruce) used in making pulp for paper

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