basswood

noun
bass·wood | \ˈbas-ˌwu̇d \

Definition of basswood 

1 : any of several New World lindens especially : linden sense 1b

2 : the straight-grained soft white wood of a basswood

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Most of the largest trees shading the river corridor — basswood, maple, ash and locusts with trunk diameters between 20 inches and 40 inches — will be preserved under a revised widening plan, Elliott said. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Concrete bed of Kinnickinnic River in Pulaski Park to be removed for recreational and safety upgrades," 7 May 2018 Naked hardwoods including red oak, basswood and yellow birch mix with the evergreens. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mirror Lake's Fern Dell Gorge is a winter wonderland," 11 Jan. 2018 The animals’ musculature, carved out of pliable basswood, appears dynamic. Michael Tortorello, WSJ, "Rhode Island’s Classic Carousels: A Seaside Tour," 1 Sep. 2017 The monumental new basswood frame, executed by master framer Eli Wilner, is nearly as epic as the painting itself: 1,400 pounds, 12 feet high by 21 across (including a 12-foot crest with preening eagle), and requiring 12,000 sheets of gold leaf. Mark Rozzo, Town & Country, "Revolutionary Moment," 1 Feb. 2012 Redford's first job was to take down some basswood trees (soft, easily worked wood) to make a log cabin, with mud to caulk between the cracks. Fred Keller, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Farming was significant in development of Lisbon, Menomonee and Germantown," 25 Aug. 2017 The haunting, fluted song of a wood thrush echoes through the shady forest, woodpeckers drum and a scarlet tanager sings from the canopy of towering oaks, beach, maple and basswood trees. James F. Mccarty, cleveland.com, "Geauga County's Snow Lake Preserve is environmental keystone of Cuyahoga Wetlands: (photos, videos)," 6 Aug. 2017 For example, honey from one area is creamy-white because of the nearby basswood blossoms, said Travis Bolton. Bob Shaw, Twin Cities, "Super bees that can survive St. Paul winters? You bee-tcha. This couple breeds ’em.," 14 May 2017 That study suggested tree species at the northern edge of their range will do better — including basswood, black cherry, white pine, red maple, sugar maple and white oak. John Myers, Twin Cities, "Many northern forest species threatened by climate change, study finds," 11 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of basswood

1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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