from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various deciduous shade trees of the genus Tilia of the mallow family, having heart-shaped leaves and clusters of yellowish fragrant flowers that hang from a leaflike bract.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of the linden.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A shield made of linden-wood; any shield: a modern use, translating the Anglo-Saxon lind, used poetically for a shield. See shield.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A handsome tree (Tilia Europæa), having cymes of light yellow flowers, and large cordate leaves. The tree is common in Europe.
  • noun In America, the basswood, or Tilia Americana.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective obsolete made of lime-wood
  • noun Any of various deciduous trees of the genus Tilia, having heart-shaped leaves.
  • noun The soft wood of such trees.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun soft light-colored wood of any of various linden trees; used in making crates and boxes and in carving and millwork
  • noun 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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, made of linden wood, from Old English, from lind, linden.]

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From Old English linden. The noun developed from the adjective.



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  • The unit of currency for the virtual world of Second Life (also called the Linden dollar).

    September 7, 2008

  • 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!

    - Thomas Buchanan Read, 'Some Things Love Me'.

    March 23, 2009

  • 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

  • Te de tilo. Tilia.

    June 4, 2010