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Date: 1600-1700
Origin: lumber 'disused furniture and other objects' (16-21 centuries), perhaps from lombard 'shop where money is lent in exchange for objects' (16-19 centuries)

lumber

2 noun
     
lumber
Related topics: Forestry
lumber2 [uncountable]
1TAF pieces of wood used for building, that have been cut to specific lengths and widths [= timber]
2 British English informal large objects that are no longer useful or wanted
WORD FOCUS: tree WORD FOCUS: tree
parts of a tree: trunk, branch, leaf, blossom, roots, bark, twig

a large area of trees: forest, rainforest, jungle

a small area of trees: wood/woods, thicket British English, copse British English

types of tree: evergreen, deciduous, conifer, fruit tree, hardwood tree

wood from trees: timber, lumber, firewood
tree

See also
tree

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