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dead wood

Parf of speech: Noun, OED Year: 1877, OED Evaluation: N/A

Specifically used of that which has died of itself, instead of being killed or cut down when alive, as in dead shell (of a mollusc), dead wood, etc.

Yeah, a tree lives certain, ah- some of the old trees that my father tapped we cut down a few years ago. And, ah, you split them up into wood. And about that much around each hole would be, ah, dark wood. Not dead wood but dark wood as we just, ah- see it's the real sapwood, the- the white wood on the outside of the tree that gives the sap. Not the heart or, ah, the coloured stuff inside.
Wood that is already no longer part of a living tree, as opposed to wood that has been take from a freshly chopped down tree.