American basswood

noun
variants: or less commonly American linden

Definition of American basswood

: a medium to large linden tree (Tilia americana) of central and eastern North America that has large heart-shaped leaves and soft light wood and that includes several cultivars planted especially as shade trees

called also basswood, yellow basswood

— compare white basswood

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First Known Use of American basswood

1858, in the meaning defined above

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“American basswood.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/American%20basswood. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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