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basswood

[bas-woo d] /ˈbæsˌwʊd/
noun
1.
any tree of the genus Tilia, especially T. americana, the American linden, having drooping branches and large, toothed, ovate leaves.
2.
the wood of a linden.
Origin of basswood
1660-1670
1660-70, Americanism; bass3 + wood1
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  • These are known in this country as basswood or white-wood; in Europe they are called Lime Trees.

    Woodcraft Alan Douglas
  • "But I am so thankful that no one was hurt," broke in Mrs. basswood.

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp Edward Stratemeyer
  • Then came the other boys, and Mr. and Mrs. basswood and Dunston Porter.

    Dave Porter in the Gold Fields Edward Stratemeyer
  • Mr. basswood departed for Carpen Falls in the middle of the forenoon.

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp Edward Stratemeyer
  • Currency consisted of old guns, town lots, basswood lumber, etc.

  • "Ben was ahead, but I think Roger is up to him," announced Mrs. basswood.

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp Edward Stratemeyer
  • If soft woods are used, red gum and basswood make an agreeable contrast in colour.

    Carpentry and Woodwork Edwin W. Foster
  • A little later Mrs. Wadsworth and Mrs. basswood joined the group.

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp Edward Stratemeyer
  • This is the product of the linden or basswood, of all the trees in our forest the one most beloved by the bees.

    Locusts and Wild Honey John Burroughs
  • "Yes, they caught him in a pawnbroker's shop," said Mr. basswood.

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp Edward Stratemeyer
British Dictionary definitions for basswood

basswood

/ˈbæsˌwʊd/
noun
1.
any of several North American linden trees, esp Tilia americana Sometimes shortened to bass
2.
the soft light-coloured wood of any of these trees, used for furniture
Word Origin
C19: from bass³; see bast
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