Origin of alderMiddle English alder, aller from Old English alor, aler from Indo-European base an unverified form el-: see elm
An alder tree in the summer sun.
An example of an alder is a plant in the birch family.
- Any of various deciduous shrubs or trees of the genus Alnus, native chiefly to northern temperate regions and having alternate simple toothed leaves and woody, conelike catkins.
- The wood of these plants, used in carvings and for making furniture and cabinets.
Origin of alderMiddle English from Old English alor
- Any of several trees or shrubs of the genus Alnus, belonging to the birch family.
- grey alder
- hazel alder
- Himalayan alder
- Italian alder
- Japanese alder
- Mexican alder
Middle English alder, aller, from Old English alor, from Proto-Germanic *aluz, *alusō (compare Swedish al, East Frisian ällerboom), variant of *alizō, *alisō (compare Dutch els, German Erle), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂élisos (compare Hittite [script?] (alanza(n)), Latin alnus, Latvian àlksnis, Polish olcha, Albanian halë 'black pine', Ancient Macedonian (Hesychius) άλιχα (álicha, “white poplar”)
This is the customary abbreviation of this term as used in case citations. See, e.g., The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, Nineteenth Edition (2010), "Court Names", Table T7, p. 432-434.
- The Oregon alder is fairly common.
- The only point of interest on the banks is the cavern, near the mouth of the Alder, in which Prince Charles Edward concealed himself for a time after the battle of Culloden.
- Among forest shrubs are the willow, hazel, alder, shrub maple, birch, hawthorn, dogwood, elderberry, viburnum and snowberry.
- In the less exposed localities, on northern slopes and sheltered valleys, the European forms become more numerous, and we find species of alder, birch, ash, elm, maple, holly, hornbeam, Pyrus, &c. At greater elevations in the interior, besides the above are met Corylus, the common walnut, found wild throughout the range, horse chestnut, yew, also Picea Webbiana, Pinus, excelsa, Abies Smithiana, Cedrus Deodara (which tree does not grow spontaneously east of Kumaon), and several junipers.
- I amused myself one winter day with sliding this piecemeal across the pond, nearly half a mile, skating behind with one end of a log fifteen feet long on my shoulder, and the other on the ice; or I tied several logs together with a birch withe, and then, with a longer birch or alder which had a hook at the end, dragged them across.