Definition of Alder

1. Noun. Wood of any of various alder trees; resistant to underwater rot; used for bridges etc.

Substance meronyms: Alder Tree
Generic synonyms: Wood



2. Noun. North temperate shrubs or trees having toothed leaves and conelike fruit; bark is used in tanning and dyeing and the wood is rot-resistant.

Definition of Alder

1. n. A tree, usually growing in moist land, and belonging to the genus Alnus. The wood is used by turners, etc.; the bark by dyers and tanners. In the U. S. the species of alder are usually shrubs or small trees.

2. a. Of all; -- used in composition; as, alderbest, best of all, alderwisest, wisest of all.

Definition of Alder

1. Proper noun. (surname topographic from=Middle English dot=) for someone who lived by alder trees. ¹

2. Noun. Any of several trees or shrubs of the genus ''Alnus'', belonging to the birch family. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Alder

1. a shrub or small tree [n -S]

Medical Definition of Alder

1. A tree, usually growing in moist land, and belonging to the genus Alnus. The wood is used by turners, etc.; the bark by dyers and tanners. In the U. S. The species of alder are usually shrubs or small trees. Black alder. A European shrub (Rhamnus frangula); Alder buckthorn. An American species of holly (Ilex verticillata), bearing red berries. Origin: OE. Aldir, aller, fr. AS. Alr, aler, alor, akin to D. Els, G. Erle, Icel. Erlir, erli, Swed. Al, Dan. Elle, el, L. Alnus, and E. Elm. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Alder

aldehyde dehydrogenase (NAD(P)+)
aldehyde dehydrogenase (NAD+)
aldehyde dehydrogenase (acylating)
aldehyde ferredoxin oxidoreductase
aldehyde fuchsin
aldehyde group
aldehyde oxidase
aldehyde oxidoreductases
aldehyde radical
aldehyde reaction
aldehyde reductase
aldehyde transhydrogenase
aldehydes
aldehydic
aldehydic acid
alder
alder-leaved serviceberry
alder-liefest
alder blight
alder buckthorn
alder dogwood
alder fly
alder tree
alderflies
alderfly
alderleaf Juneberry
alderman
aldermancies
aldermancy
aldermaness

Literary usage of Alder

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1. A Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words, Obsolete Phrases, Proverbs by James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps (1881)
"Alder. (1) The older. Thus when the alder hit gan forsake, ... See the instances under alder and alther, compounded with other words. ..."

2. Manual of Tree Diseases by William Howard Rankin (1918)
"In eastern United States, the European alder is used as an ornamental and in some localities has ... The alder is particularly subject to wood-rot diseases. ..."

3. The Auk: Quarterly Journal of Ornithology by American Ornithologists' Union, Nuttall Ornithological Club (1901)
"CERTAIN facts in the life-history of the Alder Flycatcher contribute to create the general impression that the bird is an exceedingly rare summer resident ..."

4. Report of the Annual Meeting (1861)
"Forbes's " British Naked-eyed Medusae," and the works of Mr. Alder, Prof. Alimón, Mr. Cobbold Mr. Goese, Professor Greene, Kev. ..."

5. Arboretum Et Fruticetum Britannicum: Or, The Trees and Shrubs of Britain by John Claudius Loudon (1838)
"If the alder be planted in a low meadow, it is said that the surface of the ... The chief use of the alder is as coppice-wood, to be cut down every five or ..."

6. Reports of Cases in Chancery, Argued and Determined in the Rolls Court by Baron Henry Bickersteth Langdale, Chaloner William Chute, John Romilly Romilly, Charles Beavan (1864)
"26. The MASTER of the ROLLS. I must give the Defendant the costs of the day. NOTE.—See Fell v. Brown, 2 Bro. CC 276; Farmer v. Curtis, 2 Sim. 466. Alder v. ..."

7. A Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words, Obsolete Phrases, Proverbs by James Orchard Halliwell-Phillipps (1847)
"See the instances under alder and alther, compounded with other words. ... Alder-LIEFEST. Dearest of all. This compound was occasionally used by Elizabethan ..."

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