white alder

noun

1
a
: any of several native alders (as Alnus rhombifolia) of western North America
2
: any shrub or tree of the genus Clethra
3
: a southern African tree (Platylophus trifoliatus) of the family Cunoniaceae
4
5
: a winterberry (Ilex verticillata)

Word History

First Known Use

1746, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of white alder was in 1746

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“White alder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20alder. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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