box elder


: a rapidly growing North American maple (Acer negundo) with compound leaves

Examples of box elder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition, drought conditions have weakened fast-growing trees such as sugar maples, box elders and willows, which are most prone to losing limbs. Steven Martinez, Journal Sentinel, 19 Mar. 2024 In addition, drought conditions have weakened fast-growing trees such as sugar maples, box elders, willows which are most prone to losing limbs, Megna said. Karl Ebert, Journal Sentinel, 20 Mar. 2024 Some of the trees, a mix of black walnut, oak and box elder, are more than 80 years old, Hart said. Mike Jones, Arkansas Online, 31 Oct. 2023 Taller trees — box elder, ash, cottonwood, walnut and sycamore — shaded the area. The Arizona Republic, 30 June 2023 In the meantime their spread is beginning to threaten both the economy, through the infection of avocado trees, as well as ecology, through the devastation of native box elder populations. Guest, Discover Magazine, 15 Jan. 2015 Interestingly, silver maple and box elder, also a member of the maple family, along with Eastern cottonwood, are also keystone plants, according to the NWF. Jennifer Rude Klett, Journal Sentinel, 8 Sep. 2022 The rising waters drowned waterfalls, box elder groves and thousands of cultural sites — ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings, intricate rock art panels and Paleolithic hunting camps dating back over 12,000 years. Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 Aug. 2022 Horned lizards and jack rabbits dart between thorny shrubs and scrawny box elder trees. Matt Stirn, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Mar. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1787, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of box elder was in 1787

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“Box elder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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box elder

: a North American maple with compound leaves

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