box elder

noun

Definition of box elder 

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

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The sapling on the left is a young box elder tree, which has leaf stems directly across from each other on the branch. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "QUIZ: Can You Identify These Dangerous Summer Plants and Bugs?," 3 Aug. 2018 The mother trees are somewhere else, and the seeds have been brought in by birds (mulberries, hackberries) or the wind (cottonwoods, willows and box elders). Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Volunteering is great but 'volunteer' plants are a whole different story," 1 June 2018 Five types that come up commonly in the beds at our house are cottonwoods, willows, hackberries, mulberries and box elders. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Volunteering is great but 'volunteer' plants are a whole different story," 1 June 2018 Maple and box elder are the worst offenders at present. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "PM Update: Freeze warning far west and northwest suburbs tonight, then turning clear and milder Wednesday," 17 Apr. 2018 The park is populated by tulip poplars, American beech, oaks, white pine, sycamores, box elders, and red maples, among other species. Frank Kummer, Philly.com, "Wissahickon park trees, trails took big storm hit, and more is on the way," 6 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of box elder

1787, in the meaning defined above

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box elder

noun

Kids Definition of box elder

: a North American maple with leaves divided into several leaflets

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