elm

noun
\ˈelm \

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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The miniature trees were like perfect haikus: the bald cypress, the Catlin elm, the Foemina juniper. Reif Larsen, The Seattle Times, "LA Reverential: A City’s Chill Spots," 1 Aug. 2018 The collection includes seven surviving American elms plus several different disease-resistant hybrid elms. Graydon Megan, chicagotribune.com, "Elmhurst College groundskeeper shows some of the 900 trees making up the campus' certified arboretum," 17 June 2018 During a family gathering there, one of the children finds a frightening memento mori: a skull wedged into the hollow of an old elm tree in the garden. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "Mysteries: A Case of Mistaken Identity," 11 Oct. 2018 Sabina Surjit Henderson, 7, and her cousin were on the hammock about 6 p.m. when the elm tree the sling was fastened to fell on top of them, FOX5DC reported. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Girl, 7, killed in hammock after tree falls on her, officials say," 25 Sep. 2018 The best tall-growing trees would be Shumard red oak, bur oak, Chinese pistachio and cedar elm. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, "Once vincas succumb to fungus, that bed is dead to them," 22 June 2018 The best tall-growing trees would be Shumard red oak, bur oak, Chinese pistachio and cedar elm. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, "Once vincas succumb to fungus, that bed is dead to them," 22 June 2018 The collection was started in 1966, when Dutch elm disease began to kill Elmhurst’s emblematic elm trees, according to Hack and the school’s website. Graydon Megan, chicagotribune.com, "Elmhurst College groundskeeper shows some of the 900 trees making up the campus' certified arboretum," 17 June 2018 The best tall-growing trees would be Shumard red oak, bur oak, Chinese pistachio and cedar elm. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, "Once vincas succumb to fungus, that bed is dead to them," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of elm

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for elm

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

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elm

noun

English Language Learners Definition of elm

: a tall shade tree with spreading branches

: the wood of an elm

elm

noun
\ˈelm \

Kids Definition of elm

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

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