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alder

1

[ awl-der ]

noun

  1. any shrub or tree belonging to the genus Alnus, of the birch family, growing in moist places in northern temperate or colder regions and having toothed, simple leaves and flowers in catkins.
  2. any of various trees or shrubs resembling an alder.


Alder

2

[ ahl-der; German ahl-duhr ]

noun

  1. Kurt [kurt, k, oo, r, t], 1902–58, German chemist: Nobel Prize 1950.

alder

/ ˈɔːldə /

noun

  1. any N temperate betulaceous shrub or tree of the genus Alnus, having toothed leaves and conelike fruits. The bark is used in dyeing and tanning and the wood for bridges, etc because it resists underwater rot
  2. any of several similar trees or shrubs


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Word History and Origins

Origin of alder1

before 900; Middle English alder, aller, Old English alor, al ( e ) r; cognate with Old Norse ǫlr, Middle Low German al ( l ) er < Germanic *álusṓ; akin to Middle High German alze < Germanic *alū́sō, Old High German elira, erila ( German Erle ) < Germanic *álisṓ, Middle Low German els ( e ) < Germanic *alísō, hence Germanic *álus, alísō; compare Polish olcha, Russian olʾkhá < Indo-European dialect *alisā; Lithuanian al̃ksnis, Latin alnus < Indo-European dialect *alsnos

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Word History and Origins

Origin of alder1

Old English alor; related to Old High German elira, Latin alnus

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Example Sentences

The agency wants to grow and plant several different tree species, including conifers like spruce and pine as well as oak, alder, and birch.

Her experiments showed — in opposition to conventional wisdom — that fir trees did better when shaded and crowded by birch and alder.

Maple, alder, birch elm and the cedar family are the main culprits at this time.

Salmon, tuna, sturgeon, mussels, oysters, and sable are marinated and smoked using hickory and alder wood.

He was promoted to CEO in 2006 with the resignation of Jens Alder, who clashed with the Swiss government.

Thirdly, there certainly was gold on their Alder Creek claims, and Lucky's nugget was probably now uncovered.

The alder-buyer's wrinkled eyes were peering sideways at an auction announcement pinned to the wall.

They stopped, I shut my door gently, and mounted on an alder tree planted against the garden wall.

Later, an old wagon stand was kept there by John Alder, who had a large run of customers.

The alder bushes grew close up to the walls of the cottage, and by stooping a little she managed to remain unobserved.

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