(comparative more spalt, superlative most spalt)
- (of wood) brittle
- Note: (US) Spalted wood is that which has been cut from a naturally cured, dead, or dying hardwood tree whose wood is normally light in color (such as pecan), and which exhibits patterns of dark stain (crazed) lines and splotches caused by microorganisms and/or fungus. Although slightly more brittle and porous than normal wood from the same species of tree, spalted wood nevertheless can be used to make decorative items and small pieces of furniture.
- heedless; clumsy; pert; saucy
(third-person singular simple present spalts, present participle spalting, simple past and past participle spalted)
Compare German Spalt (“stein”), from spalten (“to split”).