wood pulp


Definition of wood pulp 

: pulp from wood used in making cellulose derivatives (such as paper or rayon)

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Around 130 million years ago, a weevil gorged itself on wood pulp and died a sticky death in the relentless grasp of slow-moving resin. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "Jurassic Park’s Unlikely Symbiosis With Real-World Science," 15 June 2018 Nearly half of these trees are planted in British Columbia and Alberta, where lumber companies harvest large tracts of forest for wood pulp and construction material. Luc Forsyth, National Geographic, "For Cash and Pride, Replanting Canada's Forests by the Millions," 8 June 2018 The quality of the paper used by Vilma Grunwald was poor, composed mostly of wood pulp, said Jane E. Klinger, the museum's chief conservationist. Will Higgins, Post-Tribune, "Man's mother died in Holocaust, but her words survive," 10 May 2018 Their simple, two-step process starts with boiling wood in a solution of sodium hydroxide (NaOH) and sodium sulfite (Na2SO3), a chemical treatment similar to the first step in creating the wood pulp used to make paper. Sid Perkins, Scientific American, "Stronger Than Steel, Able to Stop a Speeding Bullet—It’s Super Wood!," 7 Feb. 2018 Three boxcars of a local westbound freight train loaded with wood pulp slipped off the tracks in Gardner on Tuesday night, resulting in heavy traffic issues but no injuries, officials said. Elise Takahama, BostonGlobe.com, "Officials investigating derailment of three box cars in Gardner," 28 Mar. 2018 The Blackstone-Celanese deal would have combined the world’s second- and third-largest manufacturers, excluding China, of acetate tow, a derivative of wood pulp used in making cigarette filters and other products. Aoife White, Bloomberg.com, "Blackstone, Celanese Ditch Cigarette Venture on EU Opposition," 19 Mar. 2018 The cellulose from wood pulp is also used to give nail polish, lipstick and foundation their viscous qualities. Michigan Department Of Natural Resource, Detroit Free Press, "Ensuring the future of Michigan's forests," 16 Jan. 2018 Cellulose is a natural, renewable material in that it’s made by extracting cellulose fibers from cotton and wood pulp to make a transparent paste that can then be colored, processed, and molded into different shapes. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Get a Head Start on Holiday Shopping With This Line of Pretty, Affordable Tortoiseshell Earrings," 1 Nov. 2017

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1854, in the meaning defined above

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