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Definition: Wood is a natural composite material containing an orientated hard phase, for strength and stiffness, and a softer one for toughness. Other natural composites include bones, teeth, plant leaves and bird feathers. The silky threads spun by the spider can be as strong as steel and have been recently found to consist of a gel core encased by a solid structure of aligned molecules.
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