Dutch elm disease

noun

: a disease of elms caused by an ascomycetous fungus (Ceratocystis ulmi) and characterized by yellowing of the foliage, defoliation, and death

Word History

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Dutch elm disease was in 1927

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“Dutch elm disease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Dutch%20elm%20disease. Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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Dutch elm disease

noun
: a disease of elms caused by a fungus carried from one tree to another by bark beetles and marked by yellowing of the foliage, loss of leaves, and death

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