alder


alder
\ \ [OE] Alder is an ancient tree-name, represented in several other Indo-European languages, including German erle, Dutch els, Polish olcha, Russian ol’khá, and Latin alnus (which is the genus name of the alder in scientific classification). Alder is clearly the odd man out amongst all these forms in having a d, but it was not always so; the Old English word was alor, and the intrusive d does not begin to appear until the 14th century (it acts as a sort of connecting or glide consonant between the l and the following vowel, in much the same way as Old English thunor adopted a d to become thunder). The place-name Aldershot is based on the tree alder.

Word origins - 2ed. . 2005.

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  • Alder — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Albert Alder (1888–1980), Schweizer Mediziner Bernie Alder (* 1925), US amerikanischer Physiker Charles Robert Alder Wright (1844–1894) englischer Chemiker Christian Alder (* 1978), deutscher… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Alder — Al der ([add]l d[ e]r), n. [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.] (Bot.) A tree, usually growing in moist land, and belonging to the genus {Alnus}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Alder — Alder, MT U.S. Census Designated Place in Montana Population (2000): 116 Housing Units (2000): 69 Land area (2000): 2.013323 sq. miles (5.214482 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 2.013323 sq. miles …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Alder, MT — U.S. Census Designated Place in Montana Population (2000): 116 Housing Units (2000): 69 Land area (2000): 2.013323 sq. miles (5.214482 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 2.013323 sq. miles (5.214482 …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • alder- — variant of aller gen. pl. of all, used in comb. as alder best, alder liefest: see all D 3 …   Useful english dictionary

  • alder — (n.) tree related to the birch, O.E. alor alder (with intrusive d added 14c.; the historical form aller survived until 18c. in literary English and persists in dialects, e.g. Lancashire owler, which is partly from Norse), from P.Gmc. *aliso (Cf.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Alder — (izg. àlder), Kurt (1902 1958) DEFINICIJA njemački kemičar, za razvoj Diels Alderove reakcije (široko upotrebljavane metode sintetiziranja cikličkih organskih tvari); Nobelova nagrada za kemiju 1950 (s O. Dielsom) …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • alder — [ôl′dər] n. [ME alder, aller < OE alor, aler < IE base * el : see ELM] 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… …   English World dictionary

  • Alder — Al der ([add]l d[ e]r), Aller Al ler ([add]l l[ e]r), a. [From ealra, alra, gen. pl. of AS. eal. The d is excrescent.] Of all; used in composition; as, alderbest, best of all, alderwisest, wisest of all. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Alder — Alder, Kurt …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • alder — ► NOUN ▪ a tree of the birch family, which bears catkins and has toothed leaves. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary


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