- any tree of the genus Tilia, as T. americana (American linden) or T. europaea (European linden), having fragrant yellowish-white flowers and heart-shaped leaves, grown as an ornamental or shade tree.Compare linden family.
- the soft, light, white wood of any of these trees, used for making furniture and in the construction of houses, boxes, etc.
Origin of linden
- a city in NE New Jersey, near Newark.
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Contemporary Examples of linden
Linden Avenue is bright and empty in the blue glare of the street lamps.
He rolls the cart down Fourth, across Pontotoc and Linden, to his own block, where he parks it at the curb, between two cars.
Andrew tastes and agrees—“Lots of linden”—before returning to the roof to continue the harvest.
“Very herbal, minty, some thyme, rosemary, lots of linden,” he concludes.
Salahi took her to the home he had shared with Michaele for many years in nearby Linden, Va.Tareq Salahi’s New Troubles
March 8, 2012
Historical Examples of linden
As they stood there they saw each other change, one into this oak and the other into this linden.Classic Myths
Mary Catherine Judd
We can go to the Ivy, that little white shop on Linden Avenue.Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore
"Now, this is really too bad," said Linden, when they were seated at the table.
You hear the—the—what are you, Mr. Linden—something horrid, aren't you?
No pen can describe the amazement that appeared on the faces of Linden and Bowlby.The Hunters of the Ozark
Edward S. Ellis
Word Origin for linden
"the lime tree," 1570s, noun use of an adjective, "of linden wood," from Old English lind "linden" (n.), from Proto-Germanic *lindjo (cf. Old Saxon linda, Old Norse lind, Old High German linta, German linde), probably from PIE *lent-o- "flexible" (see lithe); with reference to the tree's pliant bast. Cf. Russian lutĭijó "forest of lime trees," Polish łét "switch, twig," Lithuanian lenta "board, plank."