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Any of various deciduous shade trees of the genus Tilia of the mallow family, having heart-shaped leaves and clusters of yellowish fragrant flowers that hang from a leaflike bract. Also called basswood, lime2.
[Middle English, made of linden wood, from Old English, from lind, linden.]
[C16: n use of obsolete adj linden, from Old English linde lime tree]
1. any tree of the genus Tilia, as T. americana, of North America, having fragrant yellowish white flowers and heart-shaped toothed leaves.
2. the soft, light, white wood of any of these trees.Compare basswood.
[1570–80; n. use of obsolete linden (adj.) of the linden, Middle English, Old English = lind(e) linden (c. Old Norse lind) + -en -en2]
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|Noun||1.||linden - soft light-colored wood of any of various linden trees; used in making crates and boxes and in carving and millwork|
linden tree, basswood, lime tree, linden, lime - any of various deciduous trees of the genus Tilia with heart-shaped leaves and drooping cymose clusters of yellowish often fragrant flowers; several yield valuable timber
wood - the hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees
|2.||linden - any of various deciduous trees of the genus Tilia with heart-shaped leaves and drooping cymose clusters of yellowish often fragrant flowers; several yield valuable timber|
genus Tilia, Tilia - deciduous trees with smooth usually silver-grey bark of North America and Europe and Asia: lime trees; lindens; basswood
basswood, linden - soft light-colored wood of any of various linden trees; used in making crates and boxes and in carving and millwork
American basswood, American lime, Tilia americana - large American shade tree with large dark green leaves and rounded crown
small-leaved lime, small-leaved linden, Tilia cordata - large spreading European linden with small dark green leaves; often cultivated as an ornamental
silver lime, silver linden, Tilia tomentosa - large tree native to eastern Europe and Asia Minor having leaves with white tomentum on the under side; widely cultivated as an ornamental
tree - a tall perennial woody plant having a main trunk and branches forming a distinct elevated crown; includes both gymnosperms and angiosperms