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)


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  • Te de tilo. Tilia.

    June 4, 2010

  • As I was walking home, I felt compelled to cup my hands around a low-hanging linden branch and breathe in its blossoms. When I started walking away, I heard a man behind me say, "Is that what that scent is?" He had some blossoms in his hand.
    "Yup. Linden."
    "Oh, linden. It has a great grain for woodworking." Then he told me that there were a couple of other names for it. I thought maybe he'd tell me some variation of liepa, which is what I call it when I'm shopping for linden-blossom tea, but instead he called it basswood and lime.
    "There's a joke about it, too," he said. "What's the difference between linden, basswood, and lime?"
    "I dunno. What?"
    "The price. The fancier it sounds, the more they charge."

    June 4, 2010

  • All within and all without me
    Feel a melancholy thrill;
    And the darkness hangs about me,
    Oh, how still;
    To my feet, the river glideth
    Through the shadow, sullen, dark;
    On the stream the white moon rideth,
    Like a barque—
    And the linden leans above me,
    Till I think some things there be
    In the dreary world that love me,
    Even me!

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