Definition of basswood in English:

basswood

noun

  • A North American lime tree with large leaves, commonly planted as a street tree in the US.

    • ‘Except for a few looming hemlocks, the forest is mostly hardwoods, and the light streams through the thinning tops of the taller oaks and basswoods.’
    • ‘Sugar maples commonly share the forest with ironwood, beech, basswood, white ash, black cherry, yellow birch, white pine, and red oak.’
    • ‘The park is known for its magnificent hardwood forest of sugar maple, American elm, basswood, and aspen.’
    • ‘In contrast, a bee-pollinated basswood can flower a month or more after the leaf buds have opened, when bee populations peak in late summer.’
    • ‘Walnut trees can also grow in small groups or as scattered specimens mixed with American elm, hackberry, boxelder, sugar maple, green and white ash, basswood, red oak, and hickory.’

Origin

Late 17th century: from bass + wood.

Pronunciation:

basswood

/ˈbaswʊd/