accessory wood, wood surrounding the pith of a tree, always with ref. to trees (freq. in similes), in sequence; mūla sāra, pheggu, taca, papaṭikā etc. It is represented as next to the pith, but inferior and worthless. At all passages contrasted with sāra (pith, substance). Thus at MN.i.192 sq., MN.i.488; DN.iii.51; SN.iv.168; AN.i.152 (pheggu sāra, variant reading phaggu); AN.ii.110 = Pp.52; AN.iii.20; Ja.iii.431 (opp. sāra); Mil.267, Mil.413 (tacchako phegguṃ apaharitvā sāraṃ ādiyati).
cp. Vedic phalgu & P. phaggu in form