softwood

Definitions

Agriculture

  • noun the open-grained wood produced by pine trees and other conifers
  • noun a pine tree or other conifer that produces such wood.

Construction

  • A general term referring to any of a variety of trees having narrow, needle-like or scale-like leaves, usually coniferous.
  • The wood from such trees. The term has nothing to do with the actual softness of the wood; some softwoods are harder than certain of the hardwood species.

Publishing

  • noun wood from conifers used in papermaking
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