One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A deciduous tree with heart-shaped leaves and fragrant yellowish blossoms, native to north temperate regions. The pale soft timber is used for carving and furniture.
Genus Tilia, family Tiliaceae: many species, including the American linden (T. americana) and the European linden (T. europaea)
- ‘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.’
- ‘Two important national symbols are the linden tree and the chamois, a European antelope, both of which are abundant throughout the country.’
- ‘Before long patterns emerged, with maples and horsechestnuts hard hit and London planes and lindens unaffected.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘One of my favorites is the little leaved linden, Tilia cordata.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Every single linden tree in the area, down to the very last individual, had been chopped down, for example.’
- ‘Poplars and lindens were quaking with every waft; almost invisible leaves were shaking as foreseeing something important to happen.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It is marked by sloping, carved gullies, quiet meadows and ponds, and narrow trails that wind between century-old linden and oak trees.’
- ‘Other mild sedative herbs are linden (lime flower) and lemon verbena.’
- ‘There was a dusty children's playground at one end of the park, but the middle was dense with tall sycamore-maples and lindens.’
- ‘I sit beneath the linden's heart-spread leaves, watch three starlings on the bird- bath watching me.’
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.
An industrial city in northeastern New Jersey, south of Elizabeth, noted for its oil refineries; population 39,162 (est. 2008).
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