Alder meaning

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The definition of an alder is a small fast growing tree or shrub that grows in cool soil and cold climates.

An example of an alder is a plant in the birch family.

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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.
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The wood of these plants, used in carvings and for making furniture and cabinets.
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Any of a small group of rapidly growing trees and shrubs (genus Alnus) of the birch family, having toothed leaves and catkins, and growing in cool, moist soil in temperate and cold climates: the bark is used in dyeing and tanning, the wood is used for bridges and piles because it resists underwater rot, and the roots, which contain nitrogen-fixing organisms, help colonize raw soil.
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Any of several trees or shrubs of the genus Alnus, belonging to the birch family.
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A topographic surname​ for someone who lived by alder trees.
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(law) Abbreviation of alderman.
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(law) Abbreviation of aldermen.
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Origin of alder

  • Middle English from Old English alor

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”)

    From Wiktionary