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Hardwood is wood from angiosperm trees (more strictly speaking non-monocot angiosperm trees). It may also be used for those trees themselves: these are usually broad-leaved; in temperate and boreal latitudes they are mostly deciduous, but in tropics and subtropics mostly evergreen.
In the industrial/industry context, hardwood typically refers to wood from deciduous trees, such as oak, maple, and cherry, that is used for various applications due to its durability, strength, and aesthetic appeal. Here are some examples of how hardwood is used in industry:
- Flooring: Hardwood is a popular choice for residential and commercial flooring due to its durability, ease of maintenance, and natural beauty.
- Furniture: Many types of hardwood are used in furniture making, including oak, cherry, walnut, and maple, due to their strength and durability.
- Cabinets and millwork: Hardwood is often used for cabinetry and millwork due to its strength and resistance to wear and tear.
- Musical instruments: Hardwoods such as mahogany, rosewood, and ebony are often used in the construction of high-end musical instruments due to their acoustic properties.
- Construction: Hardwoods are sometimes used in construction for beams, posts, and other structural elements due to their strength and durability.
Some similar things to hardwood in the industry context include softwood (wood from evergreen trees such as pine and cedar), engineered wood (wood products that are made from combining wood fibers or veneers with adhesives), and composite materials (materials made from a combination of different substances such as wood fibers and plastic).