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[lin-duh n] /ˈlɪn dən/
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.
Compare linden family.
the soft, light, white wood of any of these trees, used for making furniture and in the construction of houses, boxes, etc.
Origin of linden
1570-80; noun use of obsolete linden (adj.) of the lime tree, Middle English, Old English. See lime3, -en2


[lin-duh n] /ˈlɪn dən/
a city in NE New Jersey, near Newark. Unabridged
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  • The European Tetranychus telarius Linn., or web-making mite, spins large webs on the leaves of the linden tree.

    Our Common Insects Alpheus Spring Packard
  • We can go to the Ivy, that little white shop on linden Avenue.

  • It was yonder beneath the linden tree that I dreamed my strange dream.

    Early Plays Henrik Ibsen
  • You hear the—the—what are you, Mr. linden—something horrid, aren't you?

  • Clemence was too weak to do anything but yield, and when she was able to ride out, Mrs. linden took her to her own home.

    Clemence Retta Babcock
British Dictionary definitions for linden


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
Word Origin
C16: n use of obsolete adj linden, from Old English linde lime tree
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Word Origin and History for linden

"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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