box elder


Definition of 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 These are box elder bugs in various stages of development. oregonlive, 1 Aug. 2021 Tree plantings included silver maple, box elder, swamp and black oak, and varieties of birch, cedar, and willow trees., 8 July 2021 Coming in next is the box elder, which makes up only 4% of trees. Morgan Greene,, 30 Apr. 2021 Sugar and black maples are best, but red maples, silver maples and box elder trees will work, too. Susan Dietrich Hassler, Star Tribune, 3 Mar. 2021 During the winter untold millions of animals — toads, frogs, salamanders, snapping turtles, garter snakes, bats, wood ticks, mosquito larvae and box elder bugs — are hibernating across Minnesota. Jim Gilbert, Star Tribune, 19 Nov. 2020 The canyon is filled with box elders that had not yet leafed out, and above us sandstone cliffs soared like skyscrapers. Los Angeles Times, 22 Oct. 2019 The water runs fast, flashing between banks of oak and willow, cottonwood and box elder and hackberry, and intricate wild-haired tapestries of fern. Christopher Ketcham, Harper's magazine, 24 June 2019 Colorado College State of the Rockies project specialist Cyndy Hines pointed to cottonwood trees, box elders, willows and rare flowers. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, 23 June 2019

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First Known Use of box elder

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 28 Sep. 2021.

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Kids Definition of box elder

: a North American maple with leaves divided into several leaflets

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