Any of various deciduous shade trees of the genus Tilia of the mallow family, having heart-shaped leaves and clusters of yellowish fragrant flowers that hang from a leaflike bract. Also called basswood, lime2.
[Middle English, made of linden wood, from Old English, from lind, linden.]
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