One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Another term for the lime tree, especially in North America.
- ‘Two important national symbols are the linden tree and the chamois, a European antelope, both of which are abundant throughout the country.’
- ‘Every single linden tree in the area, down to the very last individual, had been chopped down, for example.’
- ‘One of my favorites is the little leaved linden, Tilia cordata.’
- ‘They were replaced with maple, ash and linden trees, casting a shady background over undulating brick walks edged with primula to create a cool area on a hot sunny day.’
- ‘It is marked by sloping, carved gullies, quiet meadows and ponds, and narrow trails that wind between century-old linden and oak trees.’
- ‘Towards dusk, Jackson led me onto the lawn and pointed to a giant linden tree that he dubbed a ‘wolf tree,’ a loner that had grown into its fullest form in a sunny yard, unimpeded by a surrounding forest.’
- ‘Lime trees (formerly also called the linden of romantic legend, or the lin - the Swedish naturalist Linnaeus is named for the lime tree at his family…’
- ‘The 20-metre-tall linden tree, a 230-year-old laurel and Chinese flowering quince have made this place a worthwhile destination on a weekend.’
- ‘I sit beneath the linden's heart-spread leaves, watch three starlings on the bird- bath watching me.’
- ‘In Portland, Maine, they till proudly point to Baxter Boulevard, where 400 linden trees were planted in 1921 as a memorial to World War I vets.’
- ‘Poplars and lindens were quaking with every waft; almost invisible leaves were shaking as foreseeing something important to happen.’
- ‘There was a dusty children's playground at one end of the park, but the middle was dense with tall sycamore-maples and lindens.’
- ‘Other mild sedative herbs are linden (lime flower) and lemon verbena.’
- ‘He also appointed a three-person ‘parking commission,’ which supervised plantings of maple, poplar, linden, sycamore, elm, ash, and other species over the next decade.’
- ‘Before long patterns emerged, with maples and horsechestnuts hard hit and London planes and lindens unaffected.’
Old English (as an adjective in the sense ‘made of wood from the lime tree’): from lind ‘lime tree’ (compare with lime) + -en, reinforced by obsolete Dutch lindenboom and German Lindenbaum.
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