bass·​wood ˈbas-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce basswood (audio)
: any of several New World lindens
especially : linden sense 1b
: the straight-grained soft white wood of a basswood

Examples of basswood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And in a workshop set in a nearby hardwood stand, Dave Constantine of Durand, one of America's preeminent turkey call makers and wildlife carvers, sits at a bench and chisels life into a block of basswood. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 12 Mar. 2023 The model is made of basswood, Petersen said, and features tiny versions of the posters that hang by the ticket counter, and the stained glass window that soars over the theater’s marquee. Caroline Kubzansky, Chicago Tribune, 10 Jan. 2023 The forest is thick with undisturbed birch, aspen, basswood, balsam and spruce. Jennifer Bjorhus, Star Tribune, 10 July 2021 Others, including Ohio buckeye, basswood and quaking aspen, could struggle in changing conditions. Morgan Greene,, 20 Apr. 2021 As the region was settled by pioneers, many hillsides were grazed and burned, which again provided an ideal environment for red oak, as well as American basswood, sugar maple and prickly gooseberry. Star Tribune, 3 Apr. 2021 The damage on redbud, walnut and basswood took longer to heal. Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2021 Named for Van Halen's son, the entry-level guitar is made from extremely lightweight and porous basswood, providing the perfect resonance for musicians who are heavy on the treble and fade. Eddie Van Halen, Popular Mechanics, 6 Oct. 2020 The region is rich with aspen, birch, maple, basswood, and other deciduous hardwood trees, according to NASA. Fox News, 1 Oct. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of basswood was in 1670

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“Basswood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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bass·​wood ˈbas-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce basswood (audio)
: any of several linden trees
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