linden

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noun lin·den \ ˈlin-dən \

Definition of linden

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 2

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Origin and Etymology of linden

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


Linden

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geographical name Lin·den \ ˈlin-dən \

Definition of Linden

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

LINDEN Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of linden for English Language Learners

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


LINDEN Defined for Kids

linden

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noun lin·den \ ˈlin-dən \

Definition of linden for Students

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

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