Any of several trees or shrubs of the genus Alnus, belonging to the birch family.
(law) Abbreviation of alderman.
- alder tree
Other Word Forms of Alder
Origin of 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”)
Middle English from Old English alor
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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