Definition of alder
: any of a genus (Alnus) of toothed-leaved trees or shrubs of the birch family that have catkins which become woody, that typically grow in cool moist ground, and that have wood used especially in turnery; also : its wood
Recent Examples of alder from the Web
New Haven has a legislative services office that works with the board of alders.
Wildwood also carries alder wood grilling papers, which provide a delicate and subtle smoky flavor, compared with the stronger essence that comes from cedar wraps.
The meat then rests for two to three days in the walk-in before being loaded into a smoker with pecan and alder woods, to cook for eight hours.
Instead, the mix of species, with the dominant trees being cypress, alder and oak, fits with a rare forest type now found on the coasts of North and South Carolina called the Atlantic Coastal Plain Blackwater Levee/Bar Forest.
Spurred by warmer growing seasons, such shrubby vegetation as alders and willows have crept uphill, replacing alpine tundra the sheep feed on.
The alder body helps him cop a Stevie Ray Vaughan-esque tone.
Upstream, in Ponderosa Gorge, where the lush mountain river transitions to a red-walled desert canyon, impassable alder thickets guard the banks.
The woods thin to a mix of alder interspersed with big Douglas firs and red huckleberry.
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Origin and Etymology of alder
Middle English, from Old English alor; akin to Old High German elira alder, Latin alnus
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of Alder
Kurt 1902–1958 German chemist
ALDER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of alder for English Language Learners
: a type of tree or shrub that grows in wet ground in some northern countries
ALDER Defined for Kids
Definition of alder for Students
: a tree or shrub related to the birches that has toothed leaves and grows in moist soil
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