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red alder

noun
1.
a tree, Alnus oregona (or A. rubra), of western North America, having smooth, mottled light gray bark and oval serrate leaves.
2.
the hard, red wood of this tree, used for making furniture.
Origin of red alder
1905-1910
First recorded in 1905-10
Related forms
red-alder, adjective
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  • red alder is the largest of the alder group in this country.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • The Oregon or red alder reaches eighty feet in height and its trunk may exceed three feet in diameter.

    Trees Worth Knowing Julia Ellen Rogers
  • red alder is given that name because the newly cut wood is liable to change quickly to a reddish-brown.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • red alder when thoroughly air dry weighs about thirty pounds per cubic foot, which is slightly above the weight of basswood.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • Where this tree and red alder occupy the same range they are commonly supposed to be the same.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • The wood of white alder is five pounds lighter per cubic foot than red alder.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • The white alder ought to be suitable for nearly every purpose for which red alder is used.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • red alder (Alnus oregona) (fig. 24) occurs from Alaska to southern California.

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