from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various deciduous shade trees of the genus Tilia having heart-shaped leaves, drooping cymose clusters of yellowish, often fragrant flowers, and peduncles united into a large lingulate bract. Also called basswood, lime2.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. made of lime-wood
- n. Any of various deciduous trees of the genus Tilia, having heart-shaped leaves.
- n. The soft wood of such trees.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A handsome tree (Tilia Europæa), having cymes of light yellow flowers, and large cordate leaves. The tree is common in Europe.
- n. In America, the basswood, or Tilia Americana.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of the linden.
- n. A tree of the genus Tilia; the limetree. The common European linden is T. Europæa. An oil, used by perfumers, is distilled from its flowers. The American linden is T. Americana, and is also called basswood, bee-tree, etc.
- n. A shield made of linden-wood; any shield: a modern use, translating the Anglo-Saxon lind, used poetically for a shield. See shield.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. soft light-colored wood of any of various linden trees; used in making crates and boxes and in carving and millwork
- n. any of various deciduous trees of the genus Tilia with heart-shaped leaves and drooping cymose clusters of yellowish often fragrant flowers; several yield valuable timber
Middle English, made of linden wood, from Old English, from lind, linden.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English linden. The noun developed from the adjective. (Wiktionary)