lin·​den | \ ˈlin-dən How to pronounce linden (audio) \

Definition of linden

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : any of a genus (Tilia of the family Tiliaceae, the linden family) of deciduous trees of temperate regions that have cordate leaves and a winglike bract attached to the peduncle of the flower and fruit and that are often planted as ornamental and shade trees: such as
a : a commonly cultivated European tree (T. europaea synonym T. vulgaris) much used for ornamental planting
b : a tree (T. americana) chiefly of the central and eastern U.S.

called also basswood

2 : the light fine-grained white wood of a linden especially : basswood sense 2


geographical name
Lin·​den | \ ˈlin-dən How to pronounce Linden (audio) \

Definition of Linden (Entry 2 of 2)

city in northeastern New Jersey south-southwest of Elizabeth population 40,499

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linden 1: branch with bract and fruit

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun American linden trees can grow up to 2 feet in a year and produce plenty of nectar that's especially attractive to honeybees. Derek Carwood, Better Homes & Gardens, "These Tough Plants Can Take Nearly Anything Nature Throws at Them," 19 May 2020 The first of the islands, dubbed CPH-Ø1, looks a bit like a floating, 215 square-foot dock with a real, growing linden tree in the middle. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "This Floating Park in Copenhagen Is Made of Tiny, Man-made Islands," 28 Apr. 2020 The $85 ticket includes seating under the linden trees, continental breakfast and a picnic lunch. Washington Post, "Get crowds off your calendar in 2020," 2 Jan. 2020 These include cinchona bark (helps with digestion), chamomile (helps with relaxation), cinnamon (antioxidant, aphrodisiac), linden (more of the latter), iris (antiseptic), and saffron (energy and mood boost). Washington Post, "With dessert wine, turn the end of your meal into a grand finale," 13 Dec. 2019 Standing under an old linden tree, Sister Brigitte looks at the marble gravestones marking the resting spots of her late companions. Washington Post, "Lutheran sisters recall nursing those wounded at Berlin Wall," 30 Oct. 2019 My lindens, birches and other JB favorites remain intact as well. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, "Blundering Gardener: Readers share observations about fireflies and the dreaded Japanese beetles," 3 Aug. 2019 There were small houses—possibly the homes of former laborers at the defunct talc mine nearby—but no sign of life, except for the crows pecking along the street and around the trunk of a sagging linden. Thomas Mcguane, The New Yorker, "Wide Spot," 16 Sep. 2019 These beetles can cause a grade deal of damage to linden and crabapple trees, fruit-bearing trees and grapevines, along with other foliate flora. USA TODAY, "Leaping frogs, spiny lobsters, hostile roosters: News from around our 50 states," 26 July 2019

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First Known Use of linden


1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for linden


Middle English, made of linden wood, from Old English, from lind linden tree; probably akin to Old English līthe gentle — more at lithe

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English Language Learners Definition of linden

: a type of tree that has large heart-shaped leaves and yellowish flowers


lin·​den | \ ˈlin-dən How to pronounce linden (audio) \

Kids Definition of linden

: a shade tree with heart-shaped leaves and drooping clusters of yellowish white flowers

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