[bas-woo d]


any tree of the genus Tilia, especially T. americana, the American linden, having drooping branches and large, toothed, ovate leaves.
the wood of a linden.

Origin of basswood

An Americanism dating back to 1660–70; bass3 + wood1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for basswood



any of several North American linden trees, esp Tilia americanaSometimes shortened to: bass
the soft light-coloured wood of any of these trees, used for furniture

Word Origin for basswood

C19: from bass ³; see bast
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