One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A North American linden tree, commonly planted along streets.
Genus Tilia, family Tiliaceae: several species, in particular the large-leaved T. americana(also called American linden) of the northern US and Canada
- ‘The park is known for its magnificent hardwood forest of sugar maple, American elm, basswood, and aspen.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Late 17th century: from bass + wood.
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