Dutch elm disease

noun

Definition of Dutch elm disease

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

First Known Use of Dutch elm disease

1927, in the meaning defined above

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“Dutch elm disease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Dutch%20elm%20disease. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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Dutch elm disease

noun

English Language Learners Definition of Dutch elm disease

: a disease that kills elm trees and that is caused by a fungus

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