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common name for numerous unrelated trees having light-colored wood, e.g., the tulip tree (see magnoliamagnolia,
common name for plants of the genus Magnolia, and for the Magnoliaceae, a family of deciduous or evergreen trees and shrubs, often with showy flowers. They are principally of north temperate regions with centers of distribution in Asia and E North America.
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), the lindenlinden,
common name for the Tiliaceae, a family of chiefly woody shrubs and trees. Most genera are tropical, but the genus Tilia, commonly called linden, or lime tree, in Europe and Asia and basswood in North America, is found throughout the north temperate zone.
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, and the cottonwood (see willowwillow,
common name for some members of the Salicaceae, a family of deciduous trees and shrubs of worldwide distribution, especially abundant from north temperate to arctic areas.
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1. A soft, close-textured durable wood, yellowish in color; used for millwork and veneer.
2. A rose-colored, very hard wood from Brazil; esp. used for inlay work.
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1. any of various trees with light-coloured wood, such as the tulip tree, basswood, and cottonwood
2. the wood of any of these trees
3. another name for mahoe
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