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

Examples of pulpwood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then Mattson saw some old sticks of pulpwood in the ditch next to the road that were 10 feet long. Outdoor Life, 26 July 2023 He’s left a trail behind him the way pulpwood trucks belch smoke along back country roads. Kyle Whitmire | Kwhitmire@al.com, al, 11 July 2023 At one point there were as many as 20 sawmills in the area, and the railroad was at the center of the region’s early economy, delivering pulpwood to a paper mill near Houston. Andrea Salcedo, Luz Lazo and Lee Powell, Anchorage Daily News, 26 May 2023 The Escanaba mill has turned wood products from that environment into paper for more than a century, taking in more than 4,250 tons of pulpwood a day. Freep.com, 23 Apr. 2023 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

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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 23 Jul. 2024.

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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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