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basswood

Syllabification: bass·wood
Pronunciation: /ˈbaswo͝od
 
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Definition of basswood in English:

noun

A North American linden tree, commonly planted along streets.
Example sentences
  • Except for a few looming hemlocks, the forest is mostly hardwoods, and the light streams through the thinning tops of the taller oaks and basswoods.
  • Walnut trees can also grow in small groups or as scattered specimens mixed with American elm, hackberry, boxelder, sugar maple, green and white ash, basswood, red oak, and hickory.
  • In contrast, a bee-pollinated basswood can flower a month or more after the leaf buds have opened, when bee populations peak in late summer.

Origin

late 17th century: from bass3 + wood.

Words that rhyme with basswood

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