Noun Alder Definition and Examples







A widely distributed tree of the birch family which has toothed leaves and bears male catkins and woody female cones.
  1. 'Apple, willow, birch, poplar, citrus, alder and maple are varieties we have used.'
  2. 'In Prussia the coal of the alder, limetree, poplar, elder, willow, hemp, and hazel is used for powder.'
  3. 'Much of the weed was cleared out to allow easy angling, though plenty of silver birch, rowan, alder, sycamore and pine remain to provide a scenic backdrop.'
  4. 'Everything would be awash in pale yellow-green with cattails on the alders, and the maples trailing green seed plumes.'
  5. 'Pollen studies by scientists have revealed that both of the island chains were once covered in dense woodlands of birch, alder, willow, hazel, rowan and aspen.'
  6. 'Birds nest in them, and bring in seeds of other trees like alders and oaks.'
  7. 'Stunted forms of tree species such as dwarf birch, alder, arctic willow, white spruce, black spruce, tamarack, least willow, net-veined willow and blue-green willow grow here.'
  8. 'Oak and hazel were probably dominant, but with an intermixture of other species, including birch, alder - a tree of wetlands - ash and elm, which varied regionally.'
  9. 'Trees which are especially suited for erosion control include varieties of birch, cedar, alder, fir, pine and redwood.'
  10. 'The native trees planted include oak, ash, birch, alder, hazel, yew, and Scots pine.'
((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.)


1. any shrub or tree belonging to the genus Alnus, of the birch family, growing in moist places in northern temperate or colder regions and having toothed, simple leaves and flowers in catkins.

2. any of various trees or shrubs resembling an alder.


"There can be alder valleys."
"There can be alder aphids."
"There can be alder trees."
"There can be alder cups."
"There can be alder bushes."
"There can be alder woods."
"There can be alder weeks."
"There can be alder switches."
"There can be alder stretchings."
"There can be alder roads."
"There can be alder lodges."
"There can be alder flies."
"There can be alder flats."
"There can be alder cones."
"There can be alder closes."
"There can be alder burns."
"alders can be with feet."
"alders can be towards centres."
"alders can be on margins."
"alders can be on banks."

Old English alor, aler, of Germanic origin; related to German Erle; forms spelled with d are recorded from the 14th century.

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