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basswood

[bas-woo d]
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noun
  1. any tree of the genus Tilia, especially T. americana, the American linden, having drooping branches and large, toothed, ovate leaves.
  2. the wood of a linden.
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Origin of basswood

An Americanism dating back to 1660–70; bass3 + wood1
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Examples from the Web for basswood

Historical Examples

  • Go off and ask somebody that wears brass buttons and a basswood head.

    Si Klegg, Book 5 (of 6)

    John McElroy

  • They were in the lead, with the Basswood turnout not far behind.

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp

    Edward Stratemeyer

  • "Now, I'm going to go around and see my friends," said Mr. Basswood.

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp

    Edward Stratemeyer

  • "We can notify the authorities at Simpson's Corners," said Mr. Basswood.

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp

    Edward Stratemeyer

  • "You'll have to see Mrs. Wadsworth and Mrs. Basswood about that," returned Dave.

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp

    Edward Stratemeyer


British Dictionary definitions for basswood

basswood

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

C19: from bass ³; see bast
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