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The decomposition of wood substance by fungi.

1. (Advanced or typical) - The older stage of decay in which the destruction is readily recognized because the wood has become punky, soft and spongy, stringy, ringshaked, pitted or crumbly. Decisive discoloration or bleaching of the rotted wood is often apparent.

2. (Incipient) - The early stage of decay that has not proceeded far enough to soften or otherwise perceptibly impair the hardness of the wood. It is usually accompanied by a slight discoloration or bleaching of the wood.

A term common to wooden boat design and construction.

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