noun \ˈlin-dən\

: a type of tree that has large heart-shaped leaves and yellowish flowers

Full Definition of LINDEN

:  any of a genus (Tilia of the family Tiliaceae, the linden family) of deciduous trees of temperate regions that have cordate leaves and a winglike bract attached to the peduncle of the flower and fruit and that are often planted as ornamental and shade trees: as
a :  a commonly cultivated European tree (T. europaea syn. T. vulgaris) much used for ornamental planting
b :  a tree (T. americana) chiefly of the central and eastern United States —called also basswood
:  the light fine-grained white wood of a linden; especially :  basswood 2

Illustration of LINDEN

Origin of LINDEN

Middle English, made of linden wood, from Old English, from lind linden tree; probably akin to Old English līthe gentle — more at lithe
First Known Use: 1577


geographical name \ˈlin-dən\

Definition of LINDEN

city NE New Jersey SSW of Elizabeth pop 40,499


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of about 30 species of trees that make up the genus Tilia of the mallow family (Malvaceae), native to the Northern Hemisphere. A few are outstanding deciduous ornamental and shade trees, with heart-shaped, coarsely toothed leaves, fragrant cream-coloured flowers, and small globular fruit. The American linden (T. americana), also called basswood or whitewood, grows as high as 130 ft (40 m). Its wood is used for beehives, crating, furniture, and packing material; like other linden species, it is also a popular bee tree, yielding a distinctive, pale, fragrant honey.


Next Word in the Dictionary: linden borer
Previous Word in the Dictionary: lindane
All Words Near: linden

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up linden? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).