white alder

noun

Definition of white alder

1a : 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
5 : a winterberry (Ilex verticillata)

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First Known Use of white alder

1746, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“White alder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/white%20alder. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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