elm

noun \ ˈelm \
|Updated on: 8 Aug 2018

Definition of elm

1 : any of a genus (Ulmus of the family Ulmaceae, the elm family) of usually large deciduous north temperate-zone trees with alternate stipulate leaves and fruit that is a samara
2 : the wood of an elm

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Origin and Etymology of elm

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German elme elm, Latin ulmus


ELM Defined for English Language Learners

elm

Definition of elm for English Language Learners

  • : a tall shade tree with spreading branches

  • : the wood of an elm


ELM Defined for Kids

elm

noun \ ˈelm \

Definition of elm for Students

: a tall shade tree with a broad rather flat top and spreading branches


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