bass·​wood | \ ˈbas-ˌwu̇d How to pronounce basswood (audio) \

Definition of basswood

1 : any of several New World lindens especially : linden sense 1b
2 : the straight-grained soft white wood of a basswood

Examples of basswood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Alfred Sully forgot to show up to battle for, spend a sunny day exploring the four-mile wildlife loop, and wander the elm-and-basswood forest lining Sweetwater Lake. National Geographic, "Beat the crowds at these abandoned U.S. national parks," 9 Nov. 2019 Benjamin Reiss’ writing table made of pine, oak, basswood, fiberboard and steel functions as a pedestal for Paul Salveson’s abstract sculpture and Eric Veit’s figurative one. David Pagel, Los Angeles Times, "Emily Dickinson provides the lens for eight artists in L.A.’s Chinatown," 14 Sep. 2019 The payoff is panoramic views to the south of changing leaves — black oak, shagbark hickory and basswood, to name a few — and Lake Michigan to the north. Lori Rackl,, "A guide to catching fall colors at Indiana Dunes National Park: Where to eat, sleep and hike," 19 Aug. 2019 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

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First Known Use of basswood

1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Basswood.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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