linden definition

  • noun:
    • Any of different deciduous shade woods associated with genus Tilia having heart-shaped leaves, drooping cymose clusters of yellow, often fragrant plants, and peduncles united into a large lingulate bract. Also referred to as basswood, lime2.
    • any one of various deciduous trees associated with genus Tilia, having heart-shaped leaves.
    • The smooth lumber of such woods.
    • A handsome tree (Tilia Europæa), having cymes of light yellow flowers, and enormous cordate leaves. The tree is common in Europe.
    • In America, the basswood, or Tilia Americana.
    • A tree of the genus Tilia; the limetree. The common European linden is T. Europæa. An oil, used by perfumers, is distilled from its flowers. The American linden is T. Americana, and is also called basswood, bee-tree, etc.
    • A shield made from linden-wood; any guard: today's use, translating the Anglo-Saxon lind, utilized poetically for a shield. See guard.
    • soft light-colored lumber of every of varied linden woods; utilized in making crates and containers as well as in carving and millwork
    • any of numerous deciduous trees for the genus Tilia with heart-shaped leaves and drooping cymose clusters of yellowish often fragrant plants; several yield valuable wood
  • adjective:
    • manufactured from lime-wood
  • others:
    • regarding the linden.

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