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soft·​wood ˈsȯft-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce softwood (audio)
: the wood of a coniferous tree (such as a fir or pine) whether hard or soft as distinguished from that of an angiospermous tree
: a tree that yields softwood


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: having or made of softwood

Examples of softwood in a Sentence

Noun pines, firs, and other softwoods
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They are drawn to dead wood or softwoods, such as pine, cedar, redwood, and cypress, which are easier to bore into. Nafeesah Allen, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 June 2024 Lush tropical plants and rattan screens give an almost alfresco, Hemingway-esque feel, while softwood beams channel Scandinavia, coupled with mid-century chairs and velvet cushioning in calming olive greens. Stacey Wreathall and Dafydd Gwyon, Travel + Leisure, 15 May 2024
The 1862 Homestead Act propelled the popularity of softwood construction. Anne Quito, Quartz, 26 May 2021 Put it this way: For most softwood trim installation, this nailer is a good choice. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 19 Oct. 2020 See all Example Sentences for softwood 

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Word History

First Known Use


1809, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1855, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of softwood was in 1809

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“Softwood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: the wood of a tree (as a pine or fir) that produces cones as compared to that of a tree (as a maple) that is a broad-leaved flowering plant compare hardwood sense 1
: a tree that produces softwood

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