from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A growth layer in secondary xylem seen in a cross section of a woody stem or branch.
  • noun A layer of calcareous material or other substance deposited in a single period of growth of an animal, as in an otolith or a turtle scute.

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  • noun Any of the concentric rings formed in the trunk of a tree by the annual growth of wood

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  • noun an annual formation of wood in plants as they grow


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