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'Xyloid' is a woody sort of phrase

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Let's talk about wood.

'Xyloid' is a term used in botany to describe something that has wood-like characteristics or is itself made of wood.

It is derived from the Greek 'xyl.' and has origins in the mid 1850s. A related botanical term is "xylem," which describes the woody structure - the supporting and water-conducting tissue - of plants.

IKEA and other stores specializing in "flat-pack" furniture could be said to sell xyloid goods - many of cabinets, shelving units and chairs you spend weekend afternoons putting together are made of wood.

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