slippery elm

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slippery elm

noun

Definition of SLIPPERY ELM

:  a large-leaved elm (Ulmus rubra syn. U. fulva) of eastern and central North America that has hard wood and fragrant mucilaginous inner bark; also :  the bark

First Known Use of SLIPPERY ELM

1748

slippery elm

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Large-leaved elm (Ulmus rubra or U. fulva) of eastern North America that has hard wood and fragrant inner bark. A gluelike substance in the inner bark has long been steeped in water as a remedy for throat ailments, powdered for use in poultices, and chewed as a thirst quencher, among other uses. It has received renewed attention in recent years as part of alternative medicine's herbal pharmacopoeia, prescribed for a wide variety of ailments.

Variants of SLIPPERY ELM

slippery elm or red elm

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