American linden

See under (def 1).
any tree of the genus Tilia, as T. americana (American linden) or T. europaea (European linden) having fragrant yellowish-white flowers and heart-shaped leaves, grown as an ornamental or shade tree.
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the soft, light, white wood of any of these trees, used for making furniture and in the construction of houses, boxes, etc.
any of various tiliaceous deciduous trees of the N temperate genus Tilia, having heart-shaped leaves and small fragrant yellowish flowers: cultivated for timber and as shade trees See also lime3 , basswood

“the lime tree,” 1570s, noun use of an adjective, “of linden wood,” from Old English lind “linden” (n.), from Proto-Germanic *lindjo (cf. Old Saxon linda, Old Norse lind, Old High German linta, German linde), probably from PIE *lent-o- “flexible” (see lithe); with reference to the tree’s pliant bast. Cf. Russian lutĭijó “forest of lime trees,” Polish łét “switch, twig,” Lithuanian lenta “board, plank.”


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