Why do they call it “Veneer Core” Plywood?

Cabinet and furniture-grade plywood is often refered to as “veneer core” plywood. This is the material used by the top-tier cabinet manufacturers, and it's what I recommend for the base material for kitchen cabinets. The alternative is particleboard. Don't go there.

This name puzzled me because I could tell that the core plys (layers) were usually made of poplar, whereas the veneer was made of oak, maple, birch, or whatever wood the project was based on.

I've since learned that “Veneer Core” does not mean that the core material is the same as the veneer material. Rather, it means that the core material is thin layers as opposed to strips of wood layed side by side, as in the material known as “lumber core” plywood. Lumber core plywood has all but passed from the scene at this point.

Of course, this seems like a misuse of the word veneer (a superficial appearance or show designed to impress one with superiority), since by definition a veneer would need to be visible. The boys at the lumber yard should have checked a dictionary before they coined this term, but I guess the inventor of something has a right to name it as he wishes.